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The Vote is Cast: The Effect of Corporate Governance on Shareholder Value

  • Vicente Cuñat
  • Mireia Gine
  • Maria Guadalupe

This paper estimates the effect of corporate governance provisions on shareholder value and long-term outcomes in S&P1500 firms. We apply a regression discontinuity design to shareholder votes on governance proposals in annual meetings. A close-call vote around the majority threshold is akin to a random outcome, allowing us to deal with prior expectations and the endogeneity of internal governance rules. Passing a corporate governance provision generates a 1.3% abnormal return on the day of the vote with an implied market value per provision of 2.8%. We also find evidence of changes in investment behavior and long-term performance improvements.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16574.

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Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Publication status: published as Vicente Cuñat & Mireia Gine & Maria Guadalupe, 2012. "The Vote Is Cast: The Effect of Corporate Governance on Shareholder Value," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 67(5), pages 1943-1977, October.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16574
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