Corporate Governance and the Returns on Investment

Klaus Gugler, Dennis C. Mueller, B. Burcin Yurtoglu

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


We analyze the impact of corporate governance institutions and ownership structures on company returns on investment by using a sample of more than 19,000 companies from 61 countries across the world. We show that the origin of a countries
legal system proves to be the most important determinant of investment performance. Companies in countries with a legal system of English origin earn returns on investment that are at least as large as their costs of capital. Companies in all countries
with civil-law systems earn on average returns on investment below their costs of capital. Furthermore, differences in investment performance that are related to a countries legal system dominate differences that are related to ownership structure. We also present considerable evidence that managerial entrenchment worsens a companies investment performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589 - 633
JournalJournal of Law & Economics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2004

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