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The determinants of regulatory compliance : an analysis of insider trading disclosures in Italy

Bajo, E. and Bigelli, M. and Hillier, D.J. and Pertacci, B. (2009) The determinants of regulatory compliance : an analysis of insider trading disclosures in Italy. Journal of Business Ethics, 90 (3). pp. 331-343. ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

This paper investigates the determinants of regulatory compliance in corporate organizations. Exploiting a unique enforcement and reporting framework for insider trading in Italy, we present three main findings. First, board governance, such as chief executive- chairman duality and the proportion of non-executive directors, does not increase the propensity of firms to comply with regulation. Second, family firms and firms with a high degree of separation of ownership from control are most likely to comply with regulation. Third, corporate ethos is more important in predicting regulatory compliance than explicit corporate governance structures.