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Accounting for Taste: Board Member Preferences and Corporate Policy Choices

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  • Richardson, Scott
  • Tuna, A. Irem
  • Wysocki, Peter D.

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This paper explores whether firms that share common directors also pursue similar corporate policies. Using a sample of 885 U.S. firms with common directors, we find that director fixed effects strongly explain variation in firms' governance, financial, disclosure, and strategic policy choices. Moreover, the director fixed effects provide incremental explanatory power over traditional economic determinants of firms' policies. consistent with our hypotheses, the director effects are less pronounced in large firms, in firms with more outside board members, and for directors with numerous outside board appointments. Our evidence is more consistent with directors and firms "matching" their policy preferences rather than directors "imposing" their policy preferences on firms

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management in its series Working papers with number 4307-03.

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Keywords: Board of Directors; Corporate Governance; Corporate Policies; Disclosure;

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  1. Arena, Matteo P. & Braga-Alves, Marcus V., 2013. "The discretionary effect of CEOs and board chairs on corporate governance structures," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 121-131.
  2. Roberto Di Pietra & Christos Grambovas & Ivana Raonic & Angelo Riccaboni, 2008. "The effects of board size and ‘busy’ directors on the market value of Italian companies," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 73-91, March.
  3. Fahlenbrach, Rudiger & Low, Angie & Stulz, Rene, 2008. "Why Do Firms Appoint CEOs as Outside Directors?," Working Paper Series 2008-10, Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.
  4. Peter Hahn & Meziane Lasfer, 2011. "The compensation of non-executive directors: rationale, form, and findings," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 15(4), pages 589-601, November.

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