Working Paper

Shareholder Protection and Stock Market Development: An Empirical Test of the Legal Origins Hypothesis

We test the 'law matters' and 'legal origin' claims using a newly created panel dataset measuring legal change over time in a sample of developed and developing countries. Our dataset improves on previous ones by avoiding country-specific...Read more

John Armour
Simon Deakin
Mathias Siems
01 May 2008

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 increasingly rigorous...Read more

Jeffrey Gordon
01 August 2006