Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 17 No. 2 (Spring 2003)


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Corporate Conflicts of Interest

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Demski, JoelS. 2003. "Corporate Conflicts of Interest ." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 17(2): 51-72.

DOI: 10.1257/089533003765888421


This paper surveys conflicts of interest in the corporate governance arena, with emphasis on auditors, boards of directors, analysts and investment bankers, regulators, management, attorneys and investors. Enron provides a host of examples as well. I stress the multifaceted nature of these conflicts, and the fact most research looks at some conflicts, such as auditor independence, absent the larger setting and potential interactions among various players. I further speculate herding behavior is an important explanatory device in understanding periodic failures.

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