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Ownership Structure And Voluntary Disclosure In Annual Reports Of Bangladesh


  • Abdur ROUF

    () (Department of Business Administration, City University, Bangladesh)

  • Abdullah-Al HARUN

    (Department of Accounting and Information Systems, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh)


This study examines the association between ownership structure and voluntary disclosure levels in the 2007 annual report of 94 samples of Bangladeshi listed companies. Ownership structure is provided by management ownership and institutional ownership. Using agency theory, it is argued that firms with higher management of ownership structure may disclose less information and higher institutional of ownership structure may disclose more information to shareholders through voluntary disclosure. It is because the determined ownership structure provides firms lower incentives to voluntarily disclose information to meet the needs of non-dispersed shareholders .Agency theory is utilized as the underlying theoretical framework of voluntary disclosure. Using a unweighted relative disclosure index for measuring voluntary disclosure. The extent of voluntary disclosure level is measured using 68 items recommended by those who have professional qualifications. The result shows that the extent of corporate voluntary disclosures is negatively associated with a higher management of ownership structure and the extent of corporate voluntary disclosures is positively associated with a higher institutional ownership structure.

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  • Abdur ROUF & Abdullah-Al HARUN, 2011. "Ownership Structure And Voluntary Disclosure In Annual Reports Of Bangladesh," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 7, pages 239-251, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aic:revebs:y:2011:i:7:roufa

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    Corporate Governance; Ownership structure; Voluntary Disclosure;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading


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