Phoenix Rising: Legal Reforms and Changes in Valuations in Finland During the Economic Crisis
Boston University School of Management Working Paper No. 2006-18
48 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2006 Last revised: 27 Oct 2008
Date Written: March 2007
Finland experienced an extremely severe economic depression in the early 1990s. As a part of the government's crisis management policies, significant new legislation was passed that increased supervisory powers of financial market regulators and reformed bankruptcy procedures significantly decreasing the protection of creditors. We show that the introduction of these new laws resulted in positive abnormal stock returns. The new laws also lead to increases in firms' Tobin's q, especially for more levered firms. In contrast to previous studies, our results also suggest that public supervision of financial markets fosters rather than hampers financial market development.
Keywords: corporate governance, bankruptcy, financial supervision, shareholder protection, creditors' rights, corporate valuations, political economy
JEL Classification: G34, K22
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