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Strong Boards and Risk-taking in Islamic Banks

Sabur Mollah (), Michael Skully and Eva Liljeblom ()
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Sabur Mollah: School of Management, Swansea University

No 2018-08, Working Papers from Swansea University, School of Management

Abstract: This paper examines whether variations in strong boards explain the differences between risk-taking in Islamic and conventional banks. From an analysis of a pooled sample of Islamic and conventional banks, we find that strong boards in general serve their shareholders through engaging in higher risk-taking activities across both types of banks. In Islamic banks, however, the Shari'ah Supervisory Board (SSB) is found to mitigate risk-taking when integrated with a strong board, as religiosity restrains risk-taking.

Keywords: Strong Board; SSB; Religiosity; Risk-Taking; Islamic Banks; and Conventional Banks. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G01 G21 G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-02-24
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