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Home | Events Archive | Elective Corporate Governance: Does Board Choice Matter?

Elective Corporate Governance: Does Board Choice Matter?

  • Location
    University of Amsterdam, Roeterseiland campus (REC) building A, room A3.01
  • Date and time

    November 08, 2022
    13:00 - 14:00

Recent literature discusses how “menu laws” allow corporations to opt into one of multiple competing statutory regimes. This paper contributes to this literature by presenting original empirical research on the choice between corporate board models. Today, many countries not only allow modifications of a particular board structure, but they provide separate legal templates, giving firms a choice between a one-tier and a two-tier board model (and sometimes also a third hybrid model). However, how companies actually use this availability of “elective corporate governance” is largely underexplored. The project underlying this paper aims to fill this gap. We collected original company data from the 14 European countries that permit a choice between two models. Using the technique of propensity score matching, we examine whether board choice has an effect on financial outcomes, such as operating revenue, cash ratio and leverage. The results confirm that board choice matters; yet, while there is a general decline in the use of the two-tier model, we do not find that companies with a two-tier model perform worse. Rather, the most consistent finding is that deviating from the traditional model of a country leads to lower operating revenue; thus, choosing an unfamiliar model may often make companies to act more conservatively, for example, in terms of concentrating on their core activities.


This event will be a hybrid event.

This seminar will take place in Roeterseiland campus (REC) building A, room number A3.01 (third floor).

For online attendance, a registration button will be displayed on the UvA webpage.

The Zoom link will then be specified in the registration confirmation email upon registration for the event.