Independent Directors

Working Paper

01 July 2013

Reputation Incentives of Independent Directors: Impacts on Board Monitoring and Adverse Corporate Actions

We find a large body of evidence that independent director reputation incentives can vary across directors and can significantly influence important board decisions and firm outcomes. Firms with a greater proportion of independent...

Ronald Masulis | Shawn Mobbs
01 August 2006

The Rise of Independent Directors in the United States, 1950-2005: of ShareholderValue and Stock Market Prices

Between 1950 and 2005, the composition of large public company boards dramatically shifted towards independent directors, from approximately 20% independents to 75% independents. The standards for independence also became...

Jeffrey Gordon
02 August 2017

How Valuable are Independent Directors? Evidence from External Distractions

We provide new evidence on the value of independent directors by exploiting exogenous events that seriously distract independent directors. Approximately 20% of independent directors are significantly distracted in a typical...

Ronald Masulis | Emma Jincheng Zhang