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Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political PartiesExplaining Corporate Governance Change in Europe$
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Roger M. Barker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576814.001.0001

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Measuring Change in Corporate Governance

Measuring Change in Corporate Governance

(p.91) 4 Measuring Change in Corporate Governance
Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political Parties

Roger M. Barker

Oxford University Press

An evaluation is made of various ways in which corporate governance can be operationalized as part of a panel data econometric analysis. Corporate governance is not a concept that can be directly observed. Consequently, it is necessary to identify suitable proxy variables. Given the pros and cons of different measures of corporate governance, it is decided to undertake the empirical analysis with three plausible proxies – equity share, value traded, and international equity issuance – rather than to base conclusions on a single measure. Other potential measures of corporate governance – such as ownership concentration, corporate governance ratings, and measures of corporate governance regulation – are not utilized for various conceptual and practical reasons.

Keywords:   corporate governance, proxy variables, shareholder protection, equity share, value traded, international equity issuance, corporate governance ratings, ownership concentration

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