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Female CEOs and Core Earnings Quality: New Evidence on the Ethics Versus Risk-Aversion Puzzle

The question of whether females tend to act more ethically or risk-averse compared to males is an interesting ethical puzzle. Using a large sample of US firms over the 1992-2014 period, we investigate the effect that the gender of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has on earnings management using classification shifting. We find that the [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:53:59+00:00June 28th, 2018|ESG, Financial, Gender inequality, Risk|0 Comments

Does Corporate Social Responsibility Impact Risk?

We investigate the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and risk, using measures that capture systematic, idiosyncratic, downside and extreme risks. We analyze the aggregate CSR score as well as its subdimensions. We base our analysis on a large panel of listed firms from 52 countries in the period 2002-2015 and use GMM estimators that [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:50:41+00:00June 28th, 2018|CSR, ESG, Risk|0 Comments

Investors’ Attention to Corporate Governance

We develop a direct measure of investor scrutiny to assess the extent of governance-related research conducted by 97 mutual fund families in 3,706 companies, over a seven-year period. Our governance measure is based on the number of times each investor accesses each firm’s proxy and proxy-related SEC filings on EDGAR, over the months leading up [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:45:58+00:00June 28th, 2018|ESG, Governance, Investors|0 Comments

Governance, Information Flow and Stock Returns: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

This paper shows that the relationship between corporate governance indices and stock returns has reappeared after a few years of its disappearance. We find that poor governance stocks have outperformed good governance stocks in recent years, indicating a directionally opposite relation to the one that existed in the past. To explain this puzzling reversal, we [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:41:46+00:00June 28th, 2018|ESG, Firm Value, Governance|0 Comments