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Corporate Governance in the Financial Sector of Pakistan

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  • Faiza A. Chaudary

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  • Marc Goergen
  • Shoeb I. Syed

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La Porta et al. (1998) assign Pakistan, a common-law country, the maximum score of 5 for their anti-director rights index. Pakistan should therefore be a country with good investor protection attracting large amounts of investments. However, the reality could not be more different. Pakistan has been lagging behind other, comparable Asian economies in terms of incoming foreign direct investment as well as GDP-per-capita growth. This paper focuses on the Pakistani banking sector. The paper analyses the banks ownership and control structure. It finds that Pakistan has its own idiosyncrasies, which are difficult to associate with La Porta et al.s characterisation of corporate governance and investor protection in common-law countries. The paper also reviews the recent reforms of corporate governance.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Governance Working Papers with number 22253.

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Handle: RePEc:eab:govern:22253

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Keywords: Corporate governance; corporate control; Banks; Pakistan; Emerging Markets; investor protection;

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