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

Bill Sjostrom —  27 September 2006

The current SSRN top tens for corporate, corporate governance, and securities law are after the jump.

Top 10 most-downloaded corporate law papers announced during the 60 day period ended September 27, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – 2 (260) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

2 – 4 (132) Federal Corporate Law: Lessons from History by Lucian Arye Bebchuk & Assaf Hamdani.

3 – NR (118) The Mythical Benefits of Shareholder Control by Lynn A. Stout.

4 – NR (105) Independent Directors and Stock Market Prices: The New Corporate Governance Paradigm by Jeffrey N. Gordon.

5 – 6 (100) Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board: Promoting Accountability in Corporate Governance by Renee Jones.

6 – 5 (99) Managers’ Fiduciary Duties in Financially Distressed Corporations: Chaos in Delaware (and Elsewhere) by Rutheford B. Campbell & Christopher W. Frost.

7 – 7 (95) Ex Ante Choices of Law and Forum: An Empirical Analysis of Corporate Merger Agreements by Theodore Eisenberg & Geoffrey P. Miller.

8 – 9 (88) Regulating Executive Remuneration: International Developments in the Post-Scandal Era by Jennifer G. Hill.

9 – NR (68) Hedge Funds and Governance Targets by William W. Bratton.

10 – 10 (59) Ethics and Corruption in Business and Government: Lessons from the South Sea Bubble and the Bank of the United States by Richard W. Painter.

Top 10 most-downloaded corporate governance law papers announced during the 60 day period ended September 27, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – 2 (260) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

2 – 3 (212) Predicting Corporate Governance Risk: Evidence from the Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Market by Tom Baker & Sean J. Griffith.

3 – NR (173) Some Observations on the Stock Option Backdating Scandal of 2006 by David I. Walker.

4 – 7 (164) The Oligopolistic Gatekeeper: The U.S. Accounting Profession by James D. Cox.

5 – NR (155) The Case for For-Profit Charities by Eric A. Posner & Anup Malani.

6 – NR (154) Corporate Social Responsibility as a Conflict Between Shareholders by Amir Barnea & Amir Rubin.

7 – 8 (132) Federal Corporate Law: Lessons from History by Lucian Arye Bebchuk & Assaf Hamdani.

8 – 10 (119) Labor Unions: A Corporatist Institution in a Competitive World by Michael L. Wachter.

9 – NR (118) The Mythical Benefits of Shareholder Control by Lynn A. Stout.

10 – NR (116) Recent Technical Papers on Corporate Governance by Dennis Wright Michaud & Kate A. Magaram.

Top 10 most-downloaded securities law papers announced during the 60 day period ended September 27, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (total number of downloads)):

1 – 1 (781) Spam Works: Evidence from Stock Touts and Corresponding Market Activity by Laura Frieder & Jonathan Zittrain.

2 – 3 (260) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

3 – 4 (250) The Information Role of Conservative Financial Statements by Ryan LaFond & Ross L. Watts.

4 – 7 (212) Predicting Corporate Governance Risk: Evidence from the Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Market by Tom Baker & Sean J. Griffith.

5 – NR (173) Some Observations on the Stock Option Backdating Scandal of 2006 by David I. Walker.

6 – NR (118) The Mythical Benefits of Shareholder Control by Lynn A. Stout.

7 – NR (109) An Analysis of Insiders’ Use of Prepaid Variable Forward Transactions by Alan D. Jagolinzer, Steven R. Matsunaga & Eric Yeung.

8 – NR (105) Independent Directors and Stock Market Prices: The New Corporate Governance Paradigm by Jeffrey N. Gordon.

9 – 9 (100) Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board: Promoting Accountability in Corporate Governance by Renee Jones.

10 – 10 (95) Ex Ante Choices of Law and Forum: An Empirical Analysis of Corporate Merger Agreements by Theodore Eisenberg & Geoffrey P. Miller.