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A Corporate Governance Index: Convergence and Diversity of National Corporate Governance Regulations

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  • Martynova, M.
  • Renneboog, L.D.R.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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The issue of appropriate corporate governance framework has been a focal point of recent reforms in many countries. This study provides a comprehensive comparative analysis of corporate governance regulatory systems and their evolution over the last 15 years in 30 European countries and the US. It proposes a methodology to create detailed corporate governance indices which capture the major features of capital market laws in the analysed countries. The indices indicate how the law in each country addresses various potential agency conflicts between corporate constituencies: namely, between shareholder and managers, between majority and minority shareholders, and between shareholders and bondholders. The analysis of regulatory provisions within the suggested framework enables us to understand better how corporate law works in a particular country and which strategies regulators adopt to achieve their goals. The 15-year time series of constructed indices and large country-coverage (30 European countries and the US) also allows us to draw conclusions about the convergence of corporate governance regimes across the countries. To our best knowledge, this is the first study that intends to address the convergence debate empirically. The analysis is based on a unique corporate governance database that comprises the main changes in corporate governance regulations in the US and all European countries between 1990-2005.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2010-17.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:201017

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Keywords: governance regulation; convergence; corporate governance; agency problem; ownership and control; LLSV;

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  1. Peter Egger & Christian Keuschnigg & Hannes Winner, 2009. "Incorporation and Taxation: Theory and Firm-level Evidence," Working Papers 0908, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.
  2. Goergen, M. & Renneboog, L.D.R., 2008. "Contractual Corporate Governance," Discussion Paper 2008-41, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  3. Martynova, M. & Renneboog, L.D.R., 2008. "Spillover of Corporate Governance Standards in Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions," Discussion Paper 2008-008, Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center.
  4. Szilagyi, P.G., 2007. "Corporate Governance and the Agency Costs of Debt and Outside Equity," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-321510, Tilburg University.
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  8. Keuschnigg, Christian & Egger, Peter & Winner, Hannes, 2011. "Taxation and Incorporation," Annual Conference 2011 (Frankfurt, Main): The Order of the World Economy - Lessons from the Crisis 48729, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  9. Cristina Alexandrina Stefanescu, 2011. "Transparency And Disclosure In European Corporate Governance Codes – Does Issuer Matter?," Studies in Business and Economics, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 6(1), pages 94-108, April.
  10. Jõeveer, Karin, 2013. "Firm, country and macroeconomic determinants of capital structure: Evidence from transition economies," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 294-308.

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