TITLE

SOX as Safeguard and Signal: The Impact of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 on US Corporations' Choice to List Abroad

AUTHOR(S)
Sherman, W. Scott; Chambers, Valrie
PUB. DATE
September 2009
SOURCE
Multinational Business Review (St. Louis University);Fall2009, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p163
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Corporate scandals at Enron, Tyco, and MCI highlight the issue of opportunistic management behavior. The US Congress responded to these scandals by passing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). SOX imposes additional management responsibilities and corporate operating costs on companies trading under SEC regulations. This paper examines three options for US corporations responding to SOX: compliance with SOX, taking a company private, or moving to a non-SEC-regulated exchange, such as an international exchange. The paper then examines potential corporate governance options using Transaction Cost Economics (TCE; Williamson 1985) to develop propositions regarding which options firms may select.
ACCESSION #
47879743

 

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