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Are European listed corporations short-termist? ECMI Commentary No. 71 07 Jan 2021.

Lannoo, Karel and Hansen, Jesper Lau and Thomadakis, Apostolos (2021) Are European listed corporations short-termist? ECMI Commentary No. 71 07 Jan 2021. [Policy Paper]

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    A recent study prepared for the EU Commission has found that EU listed companies are increasingly focused on the short-term financial benefits of shareholders rather than long-term interests and sustainable value creation. It argues that the root causes of this behaviour lie within the regulatory framework and market practices (i.e. lack of a strategic perspective on sustainability, short-term focus of board-member mandates, and remuneration), and alleges that this will both undermine the investment capacity of firms and harm cash balances. In response to this alleged short-termism, the EU Commission is considering a series of measures such as: harmonising directors’ duties and board composition; incentivising long-term shareholding; reducing quarterly reporting; and broadening reporting targets. The study’s conclusions were strongly contested by top academics in both the EU and the US – a challenge that was at first not matched by the relevant European professional associations.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
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    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > ECMI Commentaries
    Depositing User: Daniel Pennell
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2021 09:55
    Number of Pages: 8
    Last Modified: 22 Mar 2021 09:55

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