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The Costs of Entrenched Boards

  • Lucian Bebchuk
  • Alma Cohen

This paper investigates empirically how the value of publicly traded firms is overall affected by arrangements protecting management from removal. A majority of U.S. public companies have staggered boards that substantially insulate the board from removal via a hostile takeover or a proxy contest. We find that staggered boards are associated with an economically significant reduction in firm value (as measured by Tobin's Q). We also find evidence consistent with staggered boards' bringing about, and not merely reflecting, a lower firm value. Finally, the correlation with reduced firm value is stronger for staggered boards established in the corporate charter (which shareholders cannot amend) than for staggered boards established in the company's bylaws (which can be amended by shareholders).

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 10587.

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Date of creation: Jun 2004
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Publication status: published as Bebchuk, Lucian A. and Alma Cohen. "The Costs Of Entrenched Boards," Journal of Financial Economics, 2005, v78(2,Nov), 409-433.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:10587
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