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No DR 03026:
Manager Unethical Behavior During The New Economy Bubble

Radu Vranceanu ()

Abstract: This paper investigates factors that brought about the surge in manager unethical behavior within the US economy. Key structural causes are the weak internal control, perverse incentives related to managersí compensation, conflicts of interest in the banking and auditing sectors. Unethical behavior was further enhanced by the large economic noise specific to the IT bubble, which emerged in the late nineties against the background of increased deregulation in the goods and financial markets. The US administration opposed to the proliferation of CEO unethical behavior the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; we argue why some of its provisions might be taken one step further

Keywords: Unethical behavior; CEOs; Financial deregulation; Activism; Sarbanes-Oxely Act; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: G34; K22; M14; (follow links to similar papers)

36 pages, December 2003

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