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Shareholder activism research

With as many as 900 public companies publicly subjected to investor demands each year, shareholder activism remains at the forefront of the corporate finance conversation. The ensuing demand for research prompts the release of a steady stream of papers on the topic, the most notable of which Activist Insight has compiled below.

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March 2021

Shareholder Activism Around the Globe: Hedge Funds vs. Other Professional Investors

Jochen Hartmann, Matthias Pelster and Soenke Sievers

June 2020

Demystifying ESG…It’s History & Current Status

Nga Pham

May 2020

Does shareholder activism create value? The case of Japan

Nga Pham

March 03, 2020

The Case for Empowering Quality Shareholders

Lawrence A. Cunningham

November 27, 2019

Disentangling the effects of hedge fund
activism on firm financial and social

Mark R. DesJardine, Rodolphe Durand

March 09, 2019

The Unfulfilled Promise of Hedge Fund Activism

J.B. Heaton

March 27, 2018

Activist Arbitrage in M&A Acquirers

Wei Jiang,
Tao Li,
Danqing Mei

February 13, 2018

Does Hedge Fund Short-Termism Shape Up Merger Payment?

Ning Gao,
Olga Kolokolova,
Achim Mattes

February 12, 2018

Shareholder Activism in REITs

David H.
Downs, Miroslava Straska, H. Gregory Waller

November 1, 2017

Do Activists Turn Bad Bidders into Good Acquirers?

Nickolay Gantchev, Merih Sevilir, Anil Shivdasani

September 1, 2017

Analysts and Hedge Fund Activism

Ryan Flugum, John S. Howe

September 1, 2017

Good Activist/Bad Activist: The Rise of International Stewardship Codes

Jennifer G. Hill

July 14, 2017

The Dark Side of Hedge Fund Activism: Evidence from Employee Pension Plans

Anup Agrawal, Yuree Lim

July 6, 2017

Loyalty Shares – A Coasian Bargain? Evidence from the Loi Florange Experiment

Marco Becht, Yuliya Kamisarenka, Anete Pajuste

July 4, 2017

The drivers and consequences of settlement agreements in proxy fights

Michael Viner

April 5, 2017

The Decline of Social Entrenchment: Social Network Cohesion and Board Responsiveness to Shareholder Activism

Richard A. Benton

March 26, 2017

Post-apocalyptic: The real consequences of activist short selling

Rotman School of Management

January 27, 2017

Coordination and Monitoring in Changes of Control: The Controversial Role of “Wolf Packs” in Capital Markets

Osgoode Legal Studies

December 1, 2016

Are shareholder votes rigged?

Stockholm School of Economics

October 31, 2016

Activism mergers

University of North Carolina and Northeastern University

October 19, 2016

Activist Short Selling

Rotman School of Management

September 16, 2016

Preserving the corporate superego in a time of activism: an essay on ethics and economics

Columbia Law School

August 5, 2016

Corporate governance and shareholder activism in India —theoretical perspective

Theoretical Economics Letters

July 1, 2016

The activism agenda: What are activist investors looking for?

Credit Suisse

June 15, 2016

Weak governance by informed large shareholders

European Corporate Governance Institute

May 27, 2016

How Does Hedge Fund Activism Reshape Corporate Innovation?

National Bureau of Economic Research

April 12, 2016

Chinese “squeeze outs” in American stock markets

Heng Ren Partners

March 7, 2016

The long-term efficacy of activist directors

Harvard Business School

December 31, 2015

Investor activism effects in banking: Is activism beneficial for bank shareholders, creditors, and the public?

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

December 8, 2015

Who else is affected by activist investors?

Kellogg Insight

November 11, 2015

Will activist investing awaken the sleeping giants?

Global Proxy Solicitation

November 19, 2015

The Shareholder Activists’ View: Part 2

FTI Consulting & Activist Insight

November 11, 2015

Shareholder activism in the UK

Activist Insight

October 31, 2015

The activists are coming – why 2016 will be the year of the activist in the UK marketplace


October 23, 2015

Shareholder Activism and Voluntary Disclosure

Social sciences research network

October 21, 2015

Activism mergers

Social sciences research network

October 14, 2015

The Product Market Effects of Hedge Fund Activism

Georgia State University and University of Houston

September 30, 2015

Activist Hedge Funds and Firm Disclosure

Review of Financial Economics

September 22, 2015

Beyond governance

Norton Rose Fulbright

September 10, 2015

Investor Activism Effects in Banking: Is Activism Beneficial for Bank Shareholders, Creditors, and the Public?

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

September 10, 2015

Investor Activism Effects in Banking: Is Activism Beneficial for Bank Shareholders, Creditors, and the Public?

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

September 5, 2015

Top Management Turnover Under the Influence of Activist Investors

Otto Beisheim School of Management, Concordia University

September 4, 2015

The Wolf at the Door: The Impact of Hedge Fund Activism on Corporate Governance

Columbia Law School and Rutgers Business School

August 14, 2015

Activist Hedge Funds in a World of Board Independence: Creators or Destroyers of Long-Term Value?

R Street Institute

August 2, 2015

Top Hedge Funds: The Importance of Reputation in Shareholder Activism

Case Western Reserve University, University of San Diego School of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School

August 1, 2015

Corporate Governance and Hedge Fund Activism

The University of Texas at Dallas

June 1, 2015

Hedge Fund Activists: Do They Take Cues from Institutional Exit?

University of North Carolina

May 19, 2015

Activist Investing in Europe: An analysis by Activist Insight

Activist Insight Online

May 18, 2015

Thirty Years of Shareholder Activism: A Survey of Empirical Research

University of Washington and Villanova University

April 30, 2015

Active Firms and Active Shareholders: Corporate Political Activity and Shareholder Proposals

Columbia Law School, University of Virginia School of Law, and Vanderbilt University

March 2, 2015

The Returns to Hedge Fund Activism: An International Study

Université Libre de Bruxelles, London Business School, and Bocconi University

January 27, 2015

A Little Birdie Said: How Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism

Chicago-Kent College of Law

January 1, 2015

Grassroots Shareholder Activism in Large Commercial Bankruptcies

Seattle University School of Law

December 15, 2014

A Leximetric Approach to Comparative Corporate Governance: The Case of Hedge Fund Activism

King’s College London and The Dickson Poon School of Law

December 1, 2014

The Long-Term Effects of Hedge Fund Activism

Harvard Law School

December 1, 2014

Shareholder Power and Corporate Innovation: Evidence from Hedge Fund Activism

Duke University, Columbia Business School, and Indiana University

November 14, 2014

Does Hedge Fund ‘Activism’ Create Long Term Shareholder Value?

Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations

November 5, 2014

Activism in Europe, October 2014

Activist Insight

September 15, 2014

The Impact of Hedge Fund Activism: Evidence and Implications

Columbia Law School and Rutgers Business School

September 14, 2014

Myopic Investor Myth Debunked: The Long-Term Efficacy of Shareholder Advocacy in the Boardroom

Oklahoma State University and Spears School of Business

July 16, 2014

‘Activist’ Hedge Funds: Creators of Lasting Wealth? What Do the Empirical Studies Really Say?

Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations

July 1, 2014

Sovereign Shareholder Activism: How SWFs Can Engage in Corporate Governance

Ohio State University, Bocconi University, ESADE University Faculties, and Tufts University

March 31, 2014

Preparing for bigger, bolder shareholder activists


March 19, 2014

Hedge Fund Activism and Corporate Innovation

Brock University, McMaster University, and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

March 1, 2014

An Evaluation of Shareholder Activism

Leonard N. Stern School of Business and New York University

January 17, 2014

Hedge Fund Activism Coming to Europe? Lessons from the American Experience

Université du Luxembourg and New York University

December 28, 2013

Hedge Funds versus Private Equity Funds as Shareholder Activists in Germany – Differences in Value Creation

Concordia University and Zeppelin University

November 1, 2013

The Preventive Effect of Hedge Fund Activism

Duke University

September 23, 2013

Shareholder Activism: A Multidisciplinary Review

University of Wisconsin and San Diego State University

September 1, 2013

The Myth that Insulating Boards Serves Long-Term Value

Harvard Law School

February 20, 2013

Missing the Forest for the Trees: A New Approach to Shareholder Activism

Harvard Law School

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