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Title: Governance quality and information asymmetry
Authors: Skinner, F
Elbadry, A
Gounopoulos, D
Keywords: Corporate Governance Mechanisms;Asymmetric Information;Agency Theory
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Journal of Financial Markets Institutions and Instruments, pp. 127 -157, (2015)
Abstract: This paper explores the relation between corporate governance and asymmetric information. We find that proxies for governance mechanisms that encourage the monitoring of managers are inversely related to proxies for asymmetric information. Specifically, greater board independence, board activeness and debt financing is significantly and inversely related to the degree of asymmetric information as reflected in bid-ask spreads, volatility of share returns, normalised share trade volumes and market value of shares traded. This implies that corporate governance mechanisms that enhance managerial monitoring lead to improvements in the informational environment of the firm.
Appears in Collections:Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers

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