Institutional Investors

Working Paper

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

Shareholder Stewardship in the Netherlands: The Role of Institutional Investors in a Stakeholder Oriented Jurisdiction

We study institutional investors’ voice in the Netherlands, focusing on shareholder voting in particular. The Dutch Stewardship Code, developed by institutional investor platform Eumedion, came into force in January 2019, emphasises engagement...Read more

Christoph Van Der Elst
19 February 2020

Where Do Institutional Investors Seek Shelter when Disaster Strikes? Evidence from COVID-19

Institutional investors played a crucial role in the COVID-19 market crash. U.S. stocks with higher institutional ownership -- in particular, those held more by active, short-term, and domestic institutions -- performed worse. An analysis of...Read more

Simon Glossner
Pedro Matos
Stefano Ramelli
Alexander Wagner
27 July 2020

Dispersed Ownership: The Theories, the Evidence, and the Enduring Tension Between 'Lumpers' and 'Splitters'

From a global perspective, the single most noticeable fact about corporate governance is the radical dichotomy between dispersed ownership and concentrated ownerships systems, with the latter being much in the majority. Several prominent...Read more

John Coffee
01 February 2010

Does Governance Travel around the World? Evidence from Institutional Investors

We examine whether institutional investors affect corporate governance by analyzing portfolio holdings of institutions in companies from 23 countries during the period 2003-2008. We find that firm-level governance is positively associated with...Read more

Reena Aggarwal
Isil Erel
Miguel Ferreira
Pedro Matos
01 January 2010