Corporate Governance Rules and Insider Trading Profits
CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2010-90 (revision of 2010-32)
35 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2010 Last revised: 27 Oct 2011
Date Written: June 2011
We investigate patterns of abnormal stock performance around insider trades on the Dutch market. Listed firms in the Netherlands have a long tradition of limiting shareholders rights. Using a change in corporate governance regulations as a natural experiment we show that governance rules have a causal effect on insider trading profits. Our results imply that insider transactions are more profitable at firms where shareholder rights are not restricted by anti-shareholder mechanisms. These findings are inconsistent with internal monitoring of insider trading. Rather, we explain this empirical pattern by imperfect substitution between insider trading profits and other private benefits of control.
Keywords: insider trading, corporate governance, anti-shareholder mechanisms, blockholder monitoring
JEL Classification: G14, G34, M52
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