Corporate governance reforms and risk disclosure quality: Evidence from an emerging economy

Ammar Ali Gull*, Ammar Abid, Khaled Hussainey, Tanveer Ahsam, Abdul Haque

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of corporate governance (hereafter, CG) reforms on the risk disclosure quality in an emerging economy, namely Pakistan. We also investigate the impact of CG reforms on the relationship between CG practices and risk disclosure quality.

Design/methodology/approach: We use a manual content analysis method to a sample of non-financial companies listed on the PSX-100 index for 2009–2015, to examine the impact of CG reforms on risk disclosure quality. We use pooled ordinary least squares and the system GMM estimations to test the research hypotheses.

Findings: We find that CG reforms have a positive impact on risk disclosure quality. The results indicate that certain CG practices such as CEO duality and board independence are associated with risk disclosure quality. Interestingly, our findings also highlight the effectiveness of CG reforms by showing that the revised code positively moderates the CG practices and risk disclosure relationship.

Originality: We provide new empirical evidence for the impact of CG reforms on risk disclosure quality using a unique setting of an emerging economy, namely Pakistan.

Practical implications: The findings of the study have policy implications for regulatory bodies of emerging economies trying to strengthen the CG structures and to introduce risk disclosure regulations to cater the information need of stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Accounting in Emerging Economies
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 20 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • corporate governance
  • corporate governance (CG) reforms
  • risk disclosure quality
  • Pakistan

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