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Domestic and International Influences on Firm-Level Governance: Evidence from Canada

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  • Anita I. Anand
  • Frank Milne
  • Lynnette D. Purda

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We examine the extent to which Canadian firms complied with domestic corporate governance best practice guidelines and U.S. corporate governance law including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. We ask whether voluntary compliance under both regimes occurred and whether cross-listing status and ownership concentration influenced firm behavior. Our results show increasing compliance rates with both regimes over a five-year period, although adoption rates for U.S. standards exceeded rates for Canadian best practices in later years, even for non-cross-listed firms. When given a choice in a best practice regime such as Canada's, firms may look beyond domestic law in establishing their governance structures. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

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  • Anita I. Anand & Frank Milne & Lynnette D. Purda, 2011. "Domestic and International Influences on Firm-Level Governance: Evidence from Canada," American Law and Economics Review, Oxford University Press, vol. 14(1), pages 68-110.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:amlawe:v:14:y:2011:i:1:p:68-110
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