Fines and reputational sanctions: The case of cartels

Mariuzzo, Franco ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4604-1054, Ormosi, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6472-6511 and Majied, Zherou (2020) Fines and reputational sanctions: The case of cartels. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 69. ISSN 0167-7187

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Abstract

In this article, we revive an old debate in the law and economics literature: the relative role of public and reputational sanctions in deterring misconduct. We propose an empirical framework, which accounts for public sanctions (in our case cartel fines) and a more direct measure of reputational sanctions, harnessing recent developments in opinion mining. We use the intensity and the sentiment of media exposure of misconduct as a measure of reputational effect and thus approximation of the reputational sanction. As a demonstration, we combine an event study approach, sentiment analysis, and econometric techniques on a sample of 339 listed cartel member firms, prosecuted by the European Commission between 1992 and 2015. Our results offer evidence that in the context of cartels, public and reputational sanctions act as substitutes: where there is a reputational penalty, increasing this penalty reduces the effect of the public sanction. One the other hand, in the absence of a reputational punishment, the effect of the cartel fine steps in.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Early Title: Public and reputational sanctions: The case of cartels
Uncontrolled Keywords: cartels,event study,public sanctions,reputational sanctions,sentiment analysis,event study,reputational sanctions,public sanctions,fraud,returns,deterrent,event,market forces,leniency,penalties,aerospace engineering,economics and econometrics,economics, econometrics and finance (miscellaneous),industrial relations,industrial and manufacturing engineering,strategy and management ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2200/2202
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 04:14
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2022 06:02
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/73859
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2020.102584

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