The Wall Street Walk when Blockholders Compete for Flows

The Wall Street Walk when Blockholders Compete for Flows

Amil Dasgupta, Giorgia Piacentino

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June 01 2014

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June 30 2014
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  • governance • 
  • exit • 
  • delegated portfolio management • 
  • Career Concerns

Effective monitoring by equity blockholders is important for good corporate governance. A prominent theoretical literature argues that the threat of block sale ("exit") can be an affective governance mechanism. Many blockholders are money managers. We show that when money managers compete for investor capital, the threat of exit loses credibility, weakening its governance role.

Money managers with more skin in the game will govern more successfully using exit. Allowing funds to engage in activist measures ("voice") does not alter our qualitative results. Our results link widely prevalent incentives in the ever-expanding money management industry to the nature of corporate governance.

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Journal of Finance
Volume71, Issue 6, December 2016, Pages 2933-2966


Real name:
Giorgia Piacentino