Working Paper

The Effect of Minority Veto Rights on Controller Pay Tunneling

A central challenge in the regulation of controlled firms is curbing rent extraction by controllers. As independent directors and fiduciary duties are often insufficient, some jurisdictions give minority shareholders veto rights over related-...Read more

Jesse Fried
Ehud Kamar
Yishay Yafeh
19 February 2018

Controlling Shareholders in the Twenty-First Century: Complicating Corporate Governance Beyond Agency Costs

By the end of the twentieth century, the then-dominant literature on “law and finance” assumed that concentrated ownership was a product of deficient legal systems that did not sufficiently protect outside investors. At the same time,...Read more

Mariana Pargendler
10 December 2019

Growing Up Under Mao and Deng: On the Ideological Determinants of Corporate Policies

Historically, economic activities have been organized around certain ideologies. We investigate the impact of politicians’ ideology on corporate policies by exploring a unique setting of ideological change—China from Mao to Deng around the 1978...Read more

Hao Liang
Rong Wang
Haikun Zhu
30 November 2019

Do Index Funds Monitor?

Passively managed index funds now hold over 25% of U.S. mutual fund and ETF assets. The rise of index investing raises fundamental questions about monitoring and corporate governance. We show that, relative to active funds, index funds are less...Read more

Davidson Heath
Daniele Macciocchi
Roni Michaely
Matthew C. Ringgenberg
20 November 2019