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Mar 14

Past Event

Corporate Governance and Long-Term, “Patient” Capital

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Not long ago, many American investors held that innovation took time to develop and that capital needed to be “patient” to realize a reasonable rate of return. Today, the converse is true: there is now great emphasis put on short-term monetary returns and the need for immediate gratification on capital investments.

On March 14, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a discussion exploring how “impatient” capital can harm the economy by reducing incentives for innovation and shortening the time horizon for business managers. A panel of experts examined how policy and regulatory mechanisms should be structured to incentivize the business sector to refocus on longer-term time horizons and “patient” business practices.

After the program, panelists took questions from the audience. Participants followed the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag: #PatientCap.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

  • Featured Panelists

    • The Honorable Byron Dorgan

      Former Senator (D-N.D.), U.S. Senate

      Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Senior Policy Advisor, Arent Fox

    • Jack B. Jacobs


      Supreme Court of Delaware

    • Lawrence E. Mitchell

      Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor

      Case Western Reserve University School of Law

    • Judy Samuelson

      Executive Director, Business and Society Program

      The Aspen Institute


March 14, 2012

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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