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CEO power, corporate governance, and firm leverage

by Shahbaz Sheikh a,* orcid
DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
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Received: 15 August 2023 / Accepted: 18 September 2023 / Published: 15 September 2024


This study empirically examines the effect of corporate governance on the relation between CEO power and firm leverage. Results from OLS and industry fixed effects regressions show that CEO power is positively associated with firm leverage. However, this association is driven by the strength of corporate governance as powerful CEOs tend to choose higher levels of debt only when corporate governance is strong. When corporate governance is weak, CEO power does not seem to have any effect on firm leverage. Overall, results indicate that strong corporate governance mitigates the severity of manager-shareholder conflicts and induces powerful CEOs to choose higher leverage.

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