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An Interval Variables Approach to Address Measurement Uncertainty in Governance Indicators

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  • Carlo Drago

    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • Roberto Ricciuti

    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

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Many variables in governance are measured with uncertainty. This paper addresses this problem, showing that interval variables are a suitable way to handle it, providing an application in corporate governance. We build two constructs, one for Investor protection and the other for Constraints on shareholders based on the original dataset by La Porta et al. (1998) and we find that for very low levels of investor protection, constraints are a suitable way to provide some form of safeguard. We also provide evidence for the theoretical claim that investor protection and constraints on shareholders work as substitutes under specific circumstances.

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  • Carlo Drago & Roberto Ricciuti, 2018. "An Interval Variables Approach to Address Measurement Uncertainty in Governance Indicators," Working Papers 02/2018, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Corporate Governance; Measurement; Interval Data; Latent Variables;
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    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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