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Agency costs, ownership structure and corporate governance compliance: A private contracting perspective

Darren Henry ()

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 2010, vol. 18, issue 1, 24-46

Abstract: This paper examines whether the adoption of specific corporate governance practices, and, in particular, adherence to an overall code of governance practice, is associated with agency cost benefits for companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Using a private and voluntary contracting setting, the adoption of individual corporate governance attributes is found to have no influence on firm-level agency costs, whereas greater compliance with an overall governance index variable representative of the ASX Corporate Governance Council requirements now in force results in significantly lower agency costs. The beneficial influence of voluntary governance compliance on agency costs is also found to be independent of firm ownership structure, with these findings having a range of implications for firms both in Australia and globally.

Keywords: Agency; costs; Corporate; governance; Governance; index; compliance; Ownership (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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