Corporate Boards in some OECD countries: Size, composition, functioning and effectiveness
In recent years, the debate about the efficiency of corporate governance mechanisms has focused on the activity of corporate boards of directors. This paper joins this debate by analyzing the effect of board size, composition and structure on firm value in a sample of 450 non-financial companies from ten Western Europe and North American countries. The econometric method combines uniequational regression analysis with simultaneous equations in order to control for the possibility of board size and composition endogeneity. The results show a negative relationship between firm value and the board of directors size. This relation holds when we control for alternative definitions of firm size and for board composition, board structure, country effect and industry effect. We find no significant relationship between outside directors and firm value. These results are consistent, in an international framework, with previous relevant papers.
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|Date of creation:||Dec 2000|
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|Publication status:||Published in Corporate Governance: An International Review, vol. 13, no. 2, 20005, pages 197-210.|
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