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The Review of Financial Studies
One of the most rigorous methodologies in the corporate governance literature uses firms' reactions to industry shocks to characterize the quality of governance. This methodology can produce the wrong answer unless one considers the ways firms compete. Because macro-level shocks reverberate differently at the firm level depending on whether a firm has a cost structure that requires significant adjustment, the quality of governance can only be elucidated accurately analyzing a firm's business strategy and their corporate governance. These differences can help one determine whether the fruits of a positive macro-level shock have been expropriated by insiders. Using the example of Indian firms, we show that an influential finding is reversed when these differences are considered. We further argue that the conventional wisdom about tunneling and business groups will need to be reformulated in light of the data, methodology, and findings presented here.
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The Review of Financial Studies following peer review. The version of record is available online at: http://rfs.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/6/1763.
Siegel, J., & Choudhury, P. (2012). A Reexamination of Tunneling and Business Groups: New Data and New Methods. The Review of Financial Studies, 25 (6), 1763-1798. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rfs/hhs008
Date Posted: 27 November 2017
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