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Reputation Concerns of Independent Directors: Evidence from Individual Director Voting

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  • Wei Jiang
  • Hualin Wan
  • Shan Zhao

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This study examines the voting behavior of independent directors of public companies in China from 2004–2012. The unique data at the individual-director level overcome endogeneity in both board formation and proposal selection by allowing analysis based on within-board proposal variation. Career-conscious directors, measured by age and the director's reputation value, are more likely to dissent; dissension is eventually rewarded in the marketplace in the form of more outside directorships and a lower risk of regulatory sanctions. Director dissension improves corporate governance and market transparency primarily through the responses of stakeholders (shareholders, creditors, and regulators), to whom dissension disseminates information. Received December 8, 2014; accepted October 19, 2015 by Editor Andrew Karolyi.

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  • Wei Jiang & Hualin Wan & Shan Zhao, 2016. "Reputation Concerns of Independent Directors: Evidence from Individual Director Voting," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 29(3), pages 655-696.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:29:y:2016:i:3:p:655-696.
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