The Contrasting Effects of Board Composition and Structure on IPO Firm Underpricing in a Developing Context

Hearn, Bruce (2012) The Contrasting Effects of Board Composition and Structure on IPO Firm Underpricing in a Developing Context. International Review of Financial Analysis, 21 (1). pp. 33-44. ISSN 1057-5219

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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of board governance features and the presence of foreign, indigenous high society executives and board diversity on levels of IPO underpricing in a unique sample of 62 Initial Primary Offerings (IPOs) from across Sub Saharan African (SSA), excluding South Africa. I find evidence that greater numbers of foreign executives increase underpricing while higher numbers of indigenous high society directors have an opposing effect. Increasing board ethnic and nationality diversity together with the establishment of nominally independent board monitoring and oversight committees are associated with higher underpricing implying that standard international governance best practice is inappropriate in a developing region dominated by narrow political economies underscored by underdeveloped formal institutions with minimal investor protection

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG3810 Foreign exchange. International finance. International monetary system
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG4001 Finance management. Business finance. Corporation finance
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Depositing User: Bruce Hearn
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2012 08:45
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38166

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