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The Impact of Tightly-Contested Governance Proposals on Firms’ Narrative Disclosures: Evidence from a Regression-Discontinuity Design

Abstract:  Corporate governance and firm disclosure are endogenously determined. We exploit locally exogenous variations in corporate governance created by “close-call” governance-related shareholder proposals, using a fuzzy RDD and text analytics to examine whether better corporate governance causally affects the narratives in corporate disclosures. We find that although better corporate governance in firms leads to more disclosure in their 10-K filings, the passage of “close-call” governance proposals also significantly increases the complexity and the boilerplate nature of such disclosures. These results are robust to several robustness tests, alternative RDD bandwidths, and different specifications, and amplified when the investors are undistracted.

Speaker: Abhishek Ganguly, The University of Oklahoma


    May 5
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm