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The efficiency view of corporate boards: theory and evidence

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  • Angelo Baglioni
  • Luca Colombo

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We build a model in which corporate governance allows for the adoption of an institution acting as a mechanism to control agency problems. Our model predicts that the incentive to adopt such an institution is decreasing in ownership concentration and increasing in free cash flow. Testing our theoretical model by means of a sample of 157 Italian listed companies over the period 2004--2007, we find that board composition favours independent members in firms with a large free cash flow, and executive members in firms with high ownership concentration, supporting the view of governance as a way to limit agency costs.

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  • Angelo Baglioni & Luca Colombo, 2013. "The efficiency view of corporate boards: theory and evidence," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(4), pages 497-510, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:45:y:2013:i:4:p:497-510
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2011.605764
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    1. Sandro Brusco & Luca Colombo & Umberto Galmarini, 2010. "Local Governments Tax Autonomy, Lobbying, and Welfare," Department of Economics Working Papers 10-01, Stony Brook University, Department of Economics.
    2. Isabel Acero & Nuria Alcalde, 2016. "Controlling shareholders and the composition of the board: special focus on family firms," Review of Managerial Science, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 61-83, January.
    3. Mareva Sabatier, 2015. "A women's boom in the boardroom: effects on performance?," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(26), pages 2717-2727, June.
    4. Isabel Acero & Nuria Alcalde, 2016. "Controlling shareholders and the composition of the board: special focus on family firms," Review of Managerial Science, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 61-83, January.
    5. Giuseppe Mastromatteo, 2011. "H.P. Minsky And Policies To Countervail Crises," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia e Finanza ief0102, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    6. Giuseppe Mastromatteo, 2011. "The Debate on the Crisis: Recent Reappraisals of the Concept of Functional Finance," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia e Finanza ief0105, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    7. Acero Fraile, Isabel & Alcalde Fradejas, Nuria, 2014. "Ownership structure and board composition in a high ownership concentration context," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 646-657.

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    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure

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