Board of Directors

Working Paper

Retail Shareholder Participation in the Proxy Process: Monitoring, Engagement, and Voting

We study retail shareholder voting using a detailed and nearly universal sample of anonymized retail shareholder voting records over the period 2015-2017.  Contrary to public perception, we find that retail shareholders are an influential voting...Read more

Alon Brav
Matthew Cain
Jonathon Zytnick
12 November 2019

Why Do Boards Exist? Governance Design in the Absence of Corporate Law

We study how owners trade off costs and benefits of establishing a board in a historical setting, where boards are optional and authority over corporate decisions can freely be allocated across the general meeting, the board, and management. We...Read more

Mike Burkart
Salvatore Miglietta
Charlotte Ostergaard
25 April 2017

The Present and Future of Corporate Governance: Re-Examining the Role of the Board of Directors and Investor Relations in Listed Companies

In this paper, we first shed light on the factors that underlie the differences between the ?shareholder wealth maximization? and the ?long-term commitment? models of corporate governance. By introducing a third type of governance model, we show...Read more

Joseph McCahery
Erik Vermeulen
01 May 2013

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