Foreign Investment

Working Paper

Are Foreign Investors Locusts? The Long-Term Effects of Foreign Institutional Ownership

This paper challenges the view that foreign investors lead firms to adopt a short-term orientation and forgo long-term investment. Using a comprehensive sample of publicly listed firms in 30 countries over the 2001-2010 period, we find instead...Read more

Miguel Ferreira
Pedro Matos
01 August 2016

The Diffusion of Corporate Governance to Emerging Markets: Evaluating Two Dimensions of Investor Heterogeneity

This paper investigates whether foreign institutional investors in emerging markets can
enhance shareholder value. We pay special attention to two dimensions of investor
heterogeneity: whether an investor declares itself as an...Read more

Woochan Kim
01 May 2014

International Corporate Governance Spillovers: Evidence from Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions

We test the hypothesis that foreign direct investment promotes corporate governance spillovers in the host country. Using firm-level data from 64 countries during the period 2005-2014, we find that cross-border M&A activity is associated with...Read more

Rui Albuquerque
Miguel Ferreira
Pedro Matos
01 January 2014

Does It Pay to Go Global in the Boardroom? The Effect of Foreign Directors on Corporate Governance and Performance

We examine the benefits and costs associated with foreign independent directors (FIDs) at U.S. corporations. We find that firms with FIDs make better cross-border acquisitions when the targets are from the home regions of FIDs. However, FIDs also...Read more

Ronald Masulis
01 November 2009

Financial Integration and Entrepreneurial Activity: Evidence from Foreign Bank Entry in Emerging Markets

While the positive growth effects of financial integration are extensively documented, little is known of its impact on small and young firms. This paper aims to fill this void relying on a panel of 60,000 firm-year observations on listed and...Read more

Mariassunta Giannetti
01 July 2005