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Online Public Lecture Series on Corporate Governance

Indexing and Corporate Governance

Todd Gormley (Washington University in St. Louis and ECGI)

Thursday, 14 April 2022

12:00 – 13:15 EDT | 18:00 – 19:15 CEST


Organised by

Jun Yang, Director of the Institute for Corporate Governance, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University


About the Event:

The sixth lecture in this series was given by Professor Todd Gormley (Washington University and ECGI). The lecture covered the growth of indexing investment strategies and its implications for stewardship.  Professor Gormley summarized recent and ongoing research that analyzes how stock ownership by index funds does (and does not) affect firms’ governance structures, the stewardship actions of other investors, and product-market competition. He also highlighted yet unanswered questions regarding what motivates stewardship actions by indexed institutional investors and indexing’s impact on informed trading by non-index funds.  

Todd Gormley is a Professor of Finance and the Finance Area Chair at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined Olin in 2006 after graduating from M.I.T. with his PhD in Economics before moving to The Wharton School in 2009 and then returning to Olin in 2016. His earlier research focuses on why managers sometimes fail to act in the best interest of shareholders and what governance and ownership arrangements mitigate these conflicts. His most recent research has analyzed the impact of passive institutional investors’ rise on stewardship and firms. Professor Gormley's research has been featured in major media and won numerous best paper awards, and he previously served as an Associate Editor at the Review of Financial Studies and currently serves as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Finance, and Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis. 

The public lecture series is organised by Institute for Corporate Governance (ICG), in partnership with the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University and ECGI.

See the presentation here: /sites/default/files/indexing_and_corporate_governance_-_slides.pdf

For further information on the webinar please contact Professor Jun Yang, Director of the Institute for Corporate Governance at


Thursday, 14 April 2022 | 12:00 EDT (18:00 CET)

Welcome and Introduction


Q&A and Concluding Remarks



Todd Gormley

Professor of Finance
Washington University in St. Louis
Research Member

Jun Yang

Conrad Prebys Professor of Finance
Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Research Member


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