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Voluntary Adoption of Corporate Governance Mechanisms

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  • Anita Anand

    (University of Toronto)

  • Frank Milne

    () (Queen's University)

  • Lynnette Purda

    (Queen's University)

Abstract

We model firms' incentives to voluntarily adopt corporate governance mechanisms and hypothesize that management's ability to extract private benefits, the need for external funds, and the ease with which a firm's assets may be monitored are important determinants of the level of governance. Using hand-collected data, we test these hypotheses and examine firms' propensity to adopt recommended but not required governance standards from their home and neighboring country's jurisdictions. We document that a significant level of voluntary adoption occurs and that this level has been both increasing over time and declining in variability across firms. Governance mechanisms are least likely to be voluntarily implemented when management controls a significant portion of common stock votes or a majority owner exists. In contrast, voluntary adoption increases when the firm faces significant investment opportunities and employs large levels of expenditures which are difficult to monitor such as research and development expenses.

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  • Anita Anand & Frank Milne & Lynnette Purda, 2006. "Voluntary Adoption of Corporate Governance Mechanisms," Working Papers 1112, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Durnev, Art & Fauver, Larry, 2008. "Stealing from Thieves: Firm Governance and Performance when States are Predatory," CEI Working Paper Series 2008-12, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    2. Barbara, Petracci, 2011. "Trading when you cannot trade: Blackout periods in Italian firms," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 196-204, September.
    3. Morgan, Angela & Wolf, Jack, 2007. "Approval of shareholder-sponsored proposals: Evidence from Canada," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 16(2), pages 136-151.

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    Keywords

    Corporate Governance; Empirial Finance;

    JEL classification:

    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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