Working Paper

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

Can Staggered Boards Improve Value? Evidence from the Massachusetts Natural Experiment

We study the effect of staggered boards on long-run firm value, using a natural experiment: a 1990 law that imposed a staggered board on all firms incorporated in Massachusetts. We find a significant and positive average increase in Tobin's Q...Read more

Robert Daines
Charles Wang
10 September 2016

The Dialogue between the Chairman of the Board and Investors: The Practice in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany and the Future of the German Corporate Governance Code Under the New Chairman

The dialogue of the board and its chairman with investors is an established practice in many countries, such as the United Kingdom, the USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and recently also Germany. In the UK this dialogue covers the whole...Read more

Klaus Hopt
08 September 2017

Non-Shareholder Voice in Bank Governance: Board Composition, Performance and Liability

Starting from the well-evidenced fact that banks with shareholder-focussed corporate governance fared worse in the financial crisis than those without, this paper considers various initiatives and proposals to re-orient board rules in relation to...Read more

Paul Davies
Klaus Hopt
11 September 2018

Which Aspects of Corporate Governance Matter in Emerging Markets: Evidence from Brazil, India, Korea, and Turkey

There is evidence that some “corporate governance indices” predict higher firm values in emerging markets, but little evidence on which specific aspects of governance drive that overall relationship. We study that question across four major...Read more

Bernard Black
Woochan Kim
27 August 2018