Working Paper

Corporate Governance and Regulation: Can There be too Much of a Good Thing?

We investigate how company-level corporate governance practices and country-level legal investor protection jointly affect company performance. We find that in any legal regime a few specific governance practices improve performance. Companies...Read more

Valentina Giulia Bruno
Stijn Claessens
01 October 2006



Prof. Robert M. Daines (Stanford Law School) presents his paper on "Can Staggered Boards Improve Value? Evidence from the Massachusetts Natural Experiment" at the 2016 GCGC Conference in Stockholm. Discussion of the paper is then presented by Prof. Renee Adams (UNSW Business School, University of New South Wales). 

18 September 2018


We present first evidence about individual and institutional factors that guide board members of public companies around the world in addressing the fundamental strategic problem of dealing with shareholders and stakeholders. In a sample comprising nearly nine hundred board members from some fifty countries of origin, we confirm that these corporate leaders hold a principled, quasi-ideological stance towards shareholders and stakeholders, dubbed shareholderism.

September 18 2018