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Corporate governance and regulation: Can there be too much of a good thing?

  • Bruno, Valentina
  • Claessens, Stijn

We investigate how company-level corporate governance practices and country-level legal investor protection jointly affect company performance. We find that in any legal regime there are a few specific governance practices that improve performance. Companies with good governance practices operating in stringent legal environments, however, show a valuation discount relative to similar companies operating in flexible legal environments. At the same time, a stronger country-level regime does not reduce the valuation discount of companies with weak governance practices. Our analysis suggests a threshold level of country development above which stringent regulation hurts the performance of well governed companies or has a neutral effect for poorly governed companies.

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Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 461-482

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