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Agency cost of government ownership: a study of voluntary audit comitte formation in China
Hillier, David; Cai, Charlie X.; Tiang, Gaoliang; Wu, Qinghua
In this paper, we investigate the agency costs of government ownership and their impact on corporate governance and firm value. China is used as a laboratory because of the prevalent state shareholdings in exchange-listed firms. In this context, we specifically consider the trade-offs involved in the voluntary formation of an audit committee when the controlling shareholder is the state. The decision to improve corporate governance (in this case, introduce an audit committee) is shown to be value relevant and a function of existing agency relationships and non-trivial implementation costs. Our findings are robust to the level of pyramid groups, the ownership-control wedge, and financial leverage. The research adds to the debate regarding the effect of government shareholdings on corporate culture and performance - a topic that hastaken on renewed importance in recent times.
Empreses, Direcció general d'
Empreses públiques -- Direcció i administració
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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Economia de l'Empresa
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