The module offers a theoretical and empirical analysis of the main corporate governance issues where corporate governance refers broadly to the mechanisms which deal with the principal-agent problems between the insiders and the outsiders of corporations. The module looks at the variety of legal systems and other institutions, ownership structures, boards of directors, executive compensation, the relationship between corporate governance and firm value, and governance regulation. A strong emphasis is put on the analysis of how and through which channels corporate governance matters for firm-level and country-level economic performance and whether firm-level actions are effective.
In this course, we will analyze conflicts of interest within the firm and discuss mechanisms to mitigate these problems. Since corporate governance mechanisms vary around the world, the course will briefly present definitions and the underlying concepts and cover the main taxonomies of corporate governance systems developed by financial economists and legal scholars. In addition, the relationship between firm value and corporate governance practices and investor protection will be discussed.
We wil critically assess the empirical evidence on the importance and effectiveness of various corporate governance devices. Special emphasis will be on ownership structures and large shareholder monitoring, the market for corporate control, shareholder activism, the board of directors, codetermination, and executive compensation.
The teaching style will be a combination of classical classroom teaching, group work on cases, and discussion.