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Corporate Governance Structures and the Comparative Advantage of Credit Unions

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  • Kevin Amess
  • Barry Howcroft

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The paper examines the economics of the mutual organisation and the stakeholder models of corporate governance with its emphasis on informal contracts, trust and co‐operation. These concepts are important in informal governance systems such as mutuals because they economise on transaction costs and promote efficient exchange. In this respect, the paper argues that mutuals have a comparative advantage compared with joint stock banks in ameliorating problems associated with adverse selection and moral hazard. These comparative advantages, however, are enhanced in small mutuals such as credit unions which focus on relatively small memberships with a common bond. The paper concludes by suggesting that although the credit union movement will not necessarily develop along similar lines to the building societies, it does have a future in providing banking facilities to the relatively poor and disenfranchised sectors of society.

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  • Kevin Amess & Barry Howcroft, 2001. "Corporate Governance Structures and the Comparative Advantage of Credit Unions," Corporate Governance: An International Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 9(1), pages 59-65, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:corgov:v:9:y:2001:i:1:p:59-65
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-8683.00226
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    1. José Roberto de Souza Francisco & Hudson Fernandes Amaral & Luís M. de Castro, 2013. "Corporate Governance: Value Creation And Performance In Credit Unions," Portuguese Journal of Management Studies, ISEG, Universidade de Lisboa, vol. 0(1), pages 31-54.
    2. Tschöpel, Michael, 2012. "Die Wirkungskanäle der genossenschaftlichen Eigentümermerkmale: Implikationen für das mitgliederorientierte Management in Genossenschaftsbanken," Arbeitspapiere 127, University of Münster, Institute for Cooperatives.
    3. Panu Kalmi, 2012. "Cooperative banking," Chapters, in: Jan Toporowski & Jo Michell (ed.), Handbook of Critical Issues in Finance, chapter 9, pages i-ii, Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Yoshikatsu Shinozawa, 2007. "The Effect of Organisational Form on Investment Products: an empirical analysis of the UK unit trust industry," Corporate Governance: An International Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(6), pages 1244-1259, November.
    5. Naaman, Christine & Magnan, Michel & Hammami, Ahmad & Yao, Li, 2021. "Credit unions vs. commercial banks, who takes more risk?," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 55(C).
    6. J.Cook & S.Deakin & A.Hughes, 2001. "Mutuality and Corporate Governance: The Evolution of UK Building Societies Following Deregulation," Working Papers wp205, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.

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