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Cambridge Finance Workshop - Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden

Cambridge Finance Workshop Series are usually held on Thursdays during term time. The workshops are an opportunity for those working in finance to present their latest results or papers.
When May 16, 2019
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where No 10 North (lower ground)
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Contact Phone 01223768129
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Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden (University of Manheim), Professor of Economics and Finance.

Title: Corporate Governance and the CAPM: Some Theory and Evidence


The paper extends the classic risk-return tradeoff of the CAPM to a risk-effort tradeoff, by assuming that managerial effort is necessary to generate cash flows. Corporate governance standards influence the manager's return to effort, her exposure to corporate risk, and the dilution of shareholder value. In capital market equilibrium, this tradeoff has implications for the firm's cash flows and stock returns, and this in turn affects the endogenous choice of governance standards. Laxer governance standards decrease the stock's β, and in equilibrium systematic and idiosyncratic stock return risk are both negatively correlated with governance laxity. Various empirical tests with U.S. data using the corporate governance index of Gompers, Ishii, and Metrick (2003) are consistent with our predictions.

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