Working Paper

Corporate Opportunities in the US and in the UK: How Differences in Enforcement Explain Differences in Substantive Fiduciary Duties

Fiduciary duties are often today held out as typical instruments of shareholder protection in the common law of both the US and the UK, which are sometimes held out as examples for a consensus model for what is considered good corporate law...Read more

Martin Gelter
01 March 2017

Can Staggered Boards Improve Value? Evidence from the Massachusetts Natural Experiment

We study the effect of staggered boards on long-run firm value, using a natural experiment: a 1990 law that imposed a staggered board on all firms incorporated in Massachusetts. We find a significant and positive average increase in Tobin's Q...Read more

Robert Daines
Charles Wang
10 September 2016

The Great Pyramids of America: A Revised History of US Business Groups, Corporate Ownership and Regulation, 1930-1950

Most listed firms are freestanding in the U.S, while listed firms in other countries often belong to business groups: lasting structures in which listed firms control other listed firms. Hand-collected historical data illuminate how the present...Read more

Eugene Kandel
Randall Morck
Yishay Yafeh
01 April 2015

Comparing Insider Trading in the United States and in the European Union: History and Recent Developments

In the European Union insider trading has been regulated much more recently than in the United States, and it can be argued that, at least traditionally, it has been more
aggressively and successfully enforced in the United States than in...Read more

Marco Ventoruzzo
01 May 2014