The Leximetric Research on Shareholder Protection

Research Handbook on Shareholder Power, 2015 Forthcoming

28 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2015 Last revised: 21 Mar 2015

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Mathias Siems

European University Institute (EUI); University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: March 15, 2015


The leximetric research on shareholder protection can contribute to core questions of comparative company law. For example, such research may be able to show whether or not there is a trend to increase shareholder power across countries. It can also provide us with tools to confirm or challenge whether there are deep differences between civil and common law countries in company law.

The main parts of this paper are based on leximetric datasets collected in a project on Law, Finance and Development at the University of Cambridge. It discusses the research of this project as well as related research not affiliated with this group. In addition, it will present new data that bring up-to-date some of the findings of the original project.

This paper complements research available at:

Keywords: shareholder protection, leximetrics, law and finance, comparative company law, legal origins, legal families, convergence

JEL Classification: F68, G30, G34, K22, M20, N40, O16, P50

Suggested Citation

Siems, Mathias, The Leximetric Research on Shareholder Protection (March 15, 2015). Research Handbook on Shareholder Power, 2015 Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Mathias Siems (Contact Author)

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