Reforming Regulation of Corporate Governance
Networks Financial Institute Policy Brief No. 2006-PB-19
15 Pages Posted: 14 May 2007
Date Written: November 2006
Since the revelation of accounting scandals at Enron, Worldcom, and several other high profile companies ("Enron et al.") five years ago, there has been unprecedented public focus on U.S. corporate governance. A common view, articulated by many journalists, politicians, and public pundits is that these scandals were indicative of a crisis that eroded investor confidence in U.S. corporations. This paper makes the argument that the increase in resources allocated to securities enforcement and the substantial penalties meted out to executives convicted of accounting fraud have dramatically reduced the incentive to engage in Enron-like behavior.
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