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Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance, Corporate Risk and Risk Taking: New Panel Data Evidence on The Role of Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance


  • M. Martin Boyer
  • Sharon Tennyson


type="main" xml:lang="en"> This article develops and tests hypotheses regarding the relationship between directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance purchase and firm size, governance characteristics, and business risk, using a unique panel data set on Canadian firms for years 1996–2005. The data permit examination of the determinants of insurance pricing, ownership and coverage limits, and the effects of insurance on board characteristics and earnings management. Results using panel data methods and controlling for endogenous prices and endogenous selection into insurance ownership provide strong statistical evidence for the view that D&O insurance markets take corporate risk into account, but that insurance leads to greater risk taking.

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  • M. Martin Boyer & Sharon Tennyson, 2015. "Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance, Corporate Risk and Risk Taking: New Panel Data Evidence on The Role of Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance," Journal of Risk & Insurance, The American Risk and Insurance Association, vol. 82(4), pages 753-791, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jrinsu:v:82:y:2015:i:4:p:753-791

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    1. Luo, Yan & Krivogorsky, Victoria, 2017. "The materiality of directors' and officers' insurance information: Case for disclosure," Research in Accounting Regulation, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 69-74.
    2. Chang, Shih-Chung & Ren, Yayuan & Yeh, Jason, 2018. "The role of information: When is Directors’ and Officers’ insurance value-added?," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 189-197.
    3. M. Martin Boyer, 2012. "Insurer Information, Insiders and Initial Public Offering," CIRANO Working Papers 2012s-30, CIRANO.
    4. Lai, Yi-Hsun & Tai, Vivian W., 2019. "Managerial overconfidence and directors' and officers' liability insurance," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 57(C).
    5. Weng, Tzu-Ching & Chen, Guang-Zheng & Chi, Hsin-Yi, 2017. "Effects of directors and officers liability insurance on accounting restatements," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 437-452.

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