Corporate Governance Reforms in Emerging Countries: A Case Study of Bangladesh

International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, Forthcoming

35 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2012 Last revised: 25 May 2013

Date Written: May 24, 2013

Abstract

This paper considers three related research questions, all in the context of an emerging economy, Bangladesh: What is the history of Corporate Governance (CG) reform in Bangladesh? What explains the introduction of CG guidelines in Bangladesh? and How have the country-level initiatives to improve CG influenced the firm-level practices of CG? By analysing the agency environment and CG reforms in Bangladesh, this paper finds that, in spite of the number of reform initiatives undertaken since the early 1990’s, there is substantial scope for further improvement, particularly in monitoring and enforcement by regulators, both external bodies, particularly the International Financial Agencies (IFAs), and domestic forces have both affected the extent of CG reform in Bangladesh; and CG regulations take effect over time as companies are gradually update their CG practices to comply with the national guidelines. The introduction of annual awards by the professional institutions also seems to have motivated companies to improve their governance practices.

Keywords: Corporate governance, reforms, International Financial Agencies

JEL Classification: G34

Suggested Citation

Biswas, Pallab Kumar, Corporate Governance Reforms in Emerging Countries: A Case Study of Bangladesh (May 24, 2013). International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192360 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2192360

Pallab Kumar Biswas (Contact Author)

University of Otago ( email )

P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, Otago 9010
New Zealand
+64 3 679 8108 (Phone)

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