A Risk-Taking Perspective of Corporate Governance: Does Corporate Governance Have a Differential Effect on Downside and Upside Risk?

Posted: 22 May 2016 Last revised: 17 Aug 2020

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Searat Ali

University of Wollongong; University of Wollongong - School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Benjamin Liu

Griffith University - Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

J.J. Su

Griffith University

Date Written: May 14, 2016

Abstract

We are the first, with a risk-taking perspective of corporate governance, to investigate the differential effect of corporate governance on downside and upside risk. Intuitively, strong corporate governance should decrease the downside risk but increase the upside risk. However, using a large panel of 1,164 non-financial Australian firms from 2001 to 2013, we find that strong corporate governance relates negatively not only to downside risk but also to upside risk. These findings are robust to alternative risk-taking and corporate governance proxies, and to alternative sample specifications. We also show that our main results are unaffected due to endogeneity bias by using firm and industry-year fixed effects, lagged independent variables, generalized method of moments and propensity score matching estimation techniques. In additional analyses, we document that our main results are homogeneous across different industries and for firms with varying levels of boardroom gender diversity. However, we find that our main results are driven by firms with lower ownership concentration as well as by older and more mature firms. Finally, we document that while reducing risk-taking (downside and upside risk), corporate governance reduces firm value. From a regulatory perspective, these findings raise questions on the design of monitoring-focused corporate governance recommendations and have implications for risk management.

Keywords: Corporate governance, risk taking, upside risk, downside risk, differential effect

JEL Classification: G01, G33, G34, G38

Suggested Citation

Ali, Searat and Ali, Searat and Liu, Benjamin and Su, J.J., A Risk-Taking Perspective of Corporate Governance: Does Corporate Governance Have a Differential Effect on Downside and Upside Risk? (May 14, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2780036

Searat Ali (Contact Author)

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University of Wollongong - School of Accounting, Economics & Finance ( email )

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Benjamin Liu

Griffith University - Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics ( email )

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Australia

J.J. Su

Griffith University ( email )

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Nathan, Queensland QLD 4111
Australia

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