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Corporate governance and risk-taking of Chinese firms: The role of board size

Ying Sophie Huang and Chia-Jane Wang

International Review of Economics & Finance, 2015, vol. 37, issue C, 96-113

Abstract: The corporate governance reform in China offers an interesting context for investigating the systematic relationship between board size and firm's risky policy choices. Our results indicate that firms with smaller boards experience larger variability in future firm performance. These firms are also associated with higher executive pay-to-performance sensitivity, tend to pursue riskier investment policies, and engage more frequently in earnings management. However, Chinese firms with smaller-sized boards are found to be more conservative in using debt financing. Overall, our Chinese evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that board size has negative impacts on firm risktaking.

Keywords: Board of directors; Corporate governance; Risk-taking; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2014.11.016

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