Competition and cooperation in corporate governance: The effects of labor institutions on blockholder effectivess in 23 European countries

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Abstract

We provide an analysis of the costs and benefits of blockholding in Europe, where it is a dominant but certainly not universal corporate governance strategy for shareholders of publicly listed firms. We find that the effectiveness of blockholding is conditioned by the specific labor institutions that distinguish European countries from the rest of the world, and that these institutional effects involve both competition and cooperation between blockholders and collective labor interests. We also find that relational blockholders are better able to cope with, or benefit from, these institutional effects than arm¿s-length blockholders. Empirically we use advanced meta-analytic methods on a total sample of 748,569 firm-year observations, derived from 162 studies covering 23 European countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-551
Number of pages22
JournalOrganization Science
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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