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Corporate governance quality: Trends and real effects

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  • De Nicolò, Gianni
  • Laeven, Luc
  • Ueda, Kenichi

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This paper constructs a composite index of corporate governance quality, documents its evolution during the 1994-2003 period in selected emerging and developed economies, and assesses its impact on growth and productivity of the economy and its corporate sector. Our investigation yields three main findings. First, corporate governance quality in most countries has overall improved, although in varying degrees and with a few notable exceptions. Second, the data exhibit cross-country convergence in corporate governance quality with countries that score poorly initially catching up with countries with high corporate governance scores. Third, the impact of improvements in corporate governance quality on traditional measures of real economic activity--GDP growth, productivity growth, and the ratio of investment to GDP--is positive, significant and quantitatively relevant, and the growth effect is particularly pronounced for industries that are most dependent on external finance.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 198-228

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinin:v:17:y:2008:i:2:p:198-228

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Keywords: Corporate governance Disclosure Transparency Economic growth Productivity;

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