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Legal Origin, Shareholder Protection and the Stock Market: New Challenges from Time Series Analysis

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  • Sonja Fagernäs
  • Prabirjit Sarkar
  • Ajit Singh

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This paper uses a new time series dataset of shareholder protection consisting of 60 annual legal indicators for the period 1970-2005 for France, Germany, the UK and the US. On the basis of these data it examines developments in shareholder protection and reassesses the claims that common-law countries have better shareholder protection than civil law countries. Furthermore it examines the relationship between legal changes and stock market development. It casts serious doubt on the claim that common-law countries have better shareholder protection which in turn leads to more stock market development.

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Paper provided by ESRC Centre for Business Research in its series ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers with number wp343.

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Keywords: Stock Market; Corporate Governance; Financial Development; Leximetrics;

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  1. Simon Deakin, 2008. "Legal Origin, Juridical Form and Industrialisation in Historical Perspective: The Case of the Employment Contract and the Joint-Stock Company," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp369, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  2. John Armour & Simon Deakin & Prabirjit Sarkar & Mathias Siems & Ajit Singh, 2007. "Shareholder Protection and Stock Market Development: An Empirical Test of the Legal Origins Hypothesis," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp358, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  3. Prabirjit Sarkar & Ajit Singh, 2009. "Law, Finance and Development Further Analyses of Longitudinal Data," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp387, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  4. Deakin, S. & Sarkar, P. & Singh, A., 2011. "An End to Consensus? The Selective Impact of Corporate Law Reform on Financial Development," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp423, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  5. Prabirjit Sarkar, 2008. "Do the English Legal Origin Countries have more dispersed Share Ownership and more developed financial Systems?," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp375, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  6. Deakin, Simon & Sarkar, Prabirjit & Singh, Ajit, 2010. "An End to Consensus? The (Non) Impact of Legal Reforms on Financial Development," MPRA Paper 53352, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Ye Bai & Christopher Green, 2011. "Determinants of cross-sectional stock return variations in emerging markets," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 41(1), pages 81-102, August.
  8. Harilaos Mertzanis, 2011. "The effectiveness of corporate governance policy in Greece," Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 19(3), pages 222-243, July.
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