Foreign Investment

Working Paper

19 February 2020

Party Building or Noisy Signaling? The Contours of Political Conformity in Chinese Corporate Governance

We examine responses by Chinese firms to a “party-building” policy launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2015 to reform China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The policy requires SOEs to follow a model template of...

Lauren Yu-Hsin Lin | Curtis J. Milhaupt
01 January 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...

Rui Albuquerque | Miguel Ferreira | Luis Brandão-Marques | Pedro Matos
01 May 2014

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...

Woochan Kim | Taeyoon Sung | Shang-Jin Wei
01 August 2016

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...

Jan Bena | Miguel Ferreira | Pedro Matos | Pedro Pires
28 January 2019

Cross-Border Venture Capital Investments: What Is the Role of Public Policy?

Cross-border venture capital (VC) investments play an important role in the scaling up of high-growth companies. However, policymakers worry that foreign VC investments transfer the majority of economic activity to the investor...

Wendy A. Bradley | Gilles Duruflé | Thomas Hellmann | Karen E. Wilson
01 November 2009

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....

Ronald Masulis | Cong Wang | Fei Xie
01 October 2005

'Lending by Example': Direct and Indirect Effects of Foreign Banks in Emerging Markets

Using a novel dataset that allows us to trace the bank relationships of a sample of mostly unlisted firms, we explore which borrowers are able to benefit from foreign bank presence in emerging markets. Our results suggest that the limits...

Mariassunta Giannetti | Steven Ongena

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