What Drives Corporate Governance Reform? Firm-Level Evidence from Eastern Europe
28 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2005
Date Written: May 2005
We study differences in the use of two corporate governance provisions - cumulative voting and proxy by mail voting - in a sample of 224 firms located in four Eastern European countries. We find a significant relationship between ownership structure and the use of corporate governance provisions. Firms with a controlling owner (owning more than 50% of shares) are less likely to adopt either of the two provisions.
However, firms that have large, minority shareholders are more likely to adopt these provisions. We do not find any significant relationship between the use of these provisions and foreign ownership. Our results suggest that the decision to adopt these corporate governance provisions is influenced by large, minority shareholders in their battle for representation on the board and in managerial decisions.
JEL Classification: G34, P2
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