SSRN Top Tens for Corporate, Corporate Governance, and Securities Law

Bill Sjostrom —  6 July 2006

After the jump find the current SSRN top tens for corporate, corporate governance, and securities law.

Top 10 most-downloaded corporate law papers announced during the 60 day period ended July 6, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 Р2 (129) Pay Without Performance and the Managerial Power Hypothesis: A Comment by Bengt R. Holmstr̦m.

2 – 4 (102) Bond Covenants and Creditor Protection: Economics and Law, Theory and Practice, Substance and Process by William W. Bratton.

3 – 5 (90) The New Vote Buying: Empty Voting and Hidden (Morphable) Ownership by Henry T.C. Hu & Bernard S. Black.

4 – NR (77) Legal Origins and Modern Stock Markets by Mark J. Roe.

5 – 6 (76) Overinvestment and Corporate Fraud in Efficient Capital Markets by Praveen Kumar & Nisan Langberg.

6 – 8 (58) Language, Deals and Standards: The Future of XML Contracts by Lawrence A. Cunningham.

7 – 10 (54) A Research Agenda for International Corporate Social Responsibility by Frans Paul van der Putten.

8 – NR (43) Old Rule, New Theory: Revising the Personal Benefit Requirement for Tipper/Tippee Liability Under the Misappropriation Theory of Insider Trading by David T. Cohen.

9 – NR (39) Spaces and Places: A Systems Theory Approach to Regulatory Competition in European Company Law by Peer Zumbansen.

10 – NR (29) The Strategy of Boilerplate by Robert B. Ahdieh.

Top 10 most-downloaded corporate governance law papers announced during the 60 day period ended July 6, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – 1 (452) The Effect of Internal Control Deficiencies on Firm Risk and Cost of Equity Capital by Hollis Ashbaugh-Skaife, Daniel W. Collins, William R. Kinney, Jr. & Ryan LaFond.

2 – 2 (215) The Corporate Governance Industry by Paul Rose.

3 – 3 (213) The Merchant-Bank Struggle for Control of Payment Systems by Adam Levitin.

4 – 4 (196) Auditor Independence, Corporate Governance and Abnormal Accruals by Anwer S. Ahmed, Scott Duellman & Ahmed M. Abdel-Meguid.

5 – 5 (149) Does the Sox Definition of an Accounting Expert Matter? The Association between Audit Committee Director’s Expertise and Conservatism by Gopal V. Krishnan & Gnanakumar Visvanathan.

6 – 8 (133) The Value of Transparency and the Cost of Complexity by Aswath Damodaran.

7 Р9 (129) Pay Without Performance and the Managerial Power Hypothesis: A Comment by Bengt R. Holmstr̦m.

8 – 10 (123) Too Many Bells? Too Many Whistles? Corporate Governance in the Post Enron, Post WorldCom Era by Douglas M. Branson.

9 – NR (122) The Dating Game: Do Managers Designate Option Grant Dates to Increase Their Compensation? by M.P. Narayanan & Hasan Nejat Seyhun.

10 – NR (121) Corporate Mobility and the Costs of Regulation by Marco Becht, Colin Mayer & Hannes F. Wagner.

Top 10 most-downloaded securities law papers announced during the 60 day period ended July 6, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (total number of downloads)):

1 – 1 (250) Accounting Quality: International Accounting Standards and US GAAP by Mary E. Barth, Wayne R. Landsman, Mark H. Lang & Christopher D. Williams.

2 – 2 (149) Does the Sox Definition of an Accounting Expert Matter? The Association between Audit Committee Director’s Expertise and Conservatism by Gopal V. Krishnan & Gnanakumar Visvanathan.

3 – 5 (123) Too Many Bells? Too Many Whistles? Corporate Governance in the Post Enron, Post WorldCom Era by Douglas M. Branson.

4T – 9 (90) The New Vote Buying: Empty Voting and Hidden (Morphable) Ownership by Henry T.C. Hu & Bernard S. Black.

4T – 6 (90) The Limits of Enron: Counterparty Risk in Bankruptcy Claims Trading by Adam Levitin.

6 – 7 (81) Private Standards, Public Governance: A New Look at the Financial Accounting Standards Board by William W. Bratton.

7 – NR (77) Legal Origins and Modern Stock Markets by Mark J. Roe.

8 – NR (65) Credit Derivatives & the Future of Chapter 11 by Stephen Lubben.

9T – NR (46) Mandating Corporate Behavior: Can One Set of Rules Fit All? by George S. Dallas & Hal S. Scott.

9T – NR (46) From ‘Federalization’ to ‘Mixed Governance’ in Corporate Law: A Defense of Sarbanes-Oxley by Robert B. Ahdieh.

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