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The Effect of Board Structure and Ownership Structure on Risk Disclosure Quality

Published in
2017
Volume: 7
   
Issue: 6
Abstract

This paper examines how board structure (i.e., board size, board independence, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) duality) and ownership structure (i.e., ownership concentration) influence risk disclosure quality (RDQ) of FTSE 100 non-financial firms. RDQ is captured by integrating five dimensions including Quantity, Depth_Quantitative, Depth_Qualitative, Future and Coverage of risk information. We find that firms with more independent directors on the board and those with less insider ownership are likely to provide considerably higher quality risk information than other firms. The strength of firms governance (based on board efficiency) is an important factor to consider so as to observe corporate governance factors’ effects. Specifically, we find that our previous results are predominantly driven by strongly rather than weakly governed firms. Our results also suggest that both board structure and ownership structure have similar (different) effects on risk disclosure quality to those observed on the quantitative and qualitative (quantitative, future and coverage) dimensions. The results can help regulators optimize risk report systems and encourage firms to provide high quality risk information so that investors can make better decisions.

About the journal
JournalEgyptian Accounting Review, Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University
Open AccessNo