Does board independence influence asset redeployability? Evidence from a quasi-natural experiment

Chaiyuth Padungsaksawasdi, Sirimon Treepongkaruna, Pornsit Jiraporn, Ali Uyar

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Abstract

Purpose: Exploiting an exogenous regulatory shock and a novel measure of asset redeployability, this paper aims to explore the effect of independent directors on asset redeployability. In particular, the authors use an innovative measure of asset redeployability recently developed by Kim and Kung (2016). This novel index has been rapidly adopted in recent literature. Design/methodology/approach: Relying on a quasi-natural experiment, the authors execute a difference-in-difference analysis based on an exogenous regulatory shock to board independence. To mitigate endogeneity and demonstrate causation, the authors also perform propensity score matching, instrumental-variable analysis and Oster’s (2019) approach for testing coefficient stability. Findings: The difference-in-difference estimates show that firms forced to raise board independence have significantly fewer redeployable assets after the shock than those not required to change board composition. This is consistent with the managerial myopia hypothesis. Subject to more intense monitoring, managers behave more myopically, focusing more on assets that are currently useful to the firm and less on redeployability in the future. Originality/value: The study makes key contributions to the literature. First, the study is the first to examine the effect of board governance on asset redeployability. Second, the authors exploit an innovative index of asset redeployability that has been recently constructed in the literature. Third, by using a natural experiment, the results are much more likely to reflect causality than merely an association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-316
Number of pages15
JournalCorporate Governance (Bingley)
Volume22
Issue number2
Early online date15 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2022

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