Finance, Tech, Law

Research \| W. Ding

English | 中文

Working Papers

  1. Risk Perceptions, Board Networks, and Directors’ Monitoring
  2. with Chen Lin, Thomas Schmid, Michael S. Weisbach | Working Paper | NBER | SSRN

    What makes independent directors perform their monitoring duty? One possible reason is that they are worried about being sanctioned by regulators if they do not monitor sufficiently well. Using unique features of the Chinese financial market, we estimate the extent to which independent directors’ perceptions of the likelihood of receiving a regulatory penalty affect their monitoring. Our results suggest that they are more likely to vote against management after observing how another director in their board network received a regulatory penalty related to negligence. This effect is long-lasting and stronger if the observing and penalized directors share the same professional background or gender and if the observing director is at a firm that is more likely to be penalized. These results provide direct evidence suggesting that the possibility of receiving penalties is an important factor motivating directors.

    Board Votes Network
    Board Votes Dynamic

  3. Competition Laws, Ownership and Corporate Social Responsibility
  4. with Ross Levine, Chen Lin, Wensi Xie | Working Paper | NBER | SSRN

    Theory offers differing predictions about the impact of competition on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Using a large sample of firm-level data on CSR from 2002 through 2010 and panel data on competition laws across 43 countries, we discover that intensifying competition laws induces firms to increase CSR as a strategy for strengthening relationships with workers, suppliers, and customers and enhancing product differentiation. The CSR-enhancing effects of competition vary across (a) firms with different institutional investors, controlling owners, industry structures, industry product similarity, and financing constraints and (b) countries with different social attitudes toward CSR in ways that are consistent with the stakeholder and product differentiation theories.


  1. Corporate Immunity to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  2. with Ross Levine, Chen Lin, Wensi Xie | Journal of Financial Economics (2021) | NBER | SSRN

    We evaluate the connection between corporate characteristics and the reaction of stock returns to COVID-19 cases using data on over 6,700 firms across 61 economies. The pandemic-induced drop in stock returns was milder among firms with (a) stronger pre-2020 finances (more cash and undrawn credit, less total and short-term debt, and larger profits), (b) less exposure to COVID-19 through global supply chains and customer locations, (c) more CSR activities, and (d) less entrenched executives. Furthermore, the stock returns of firms controlled by families (especially through direct holdings and with non-family managers), large corporations, and governments performed better, and those with greater ownership by hedge funds and other asset management companies performed worse. Stock markets positively price small amounts of managerial ownership but negatively price high-levels of managerial ownership during the pandemic.

    COVID Market
    COVID Relation