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Corporate Governance in the Financial Sector of Pakistan


  • Faiza A. Chaudary


  • Marc Goergen
  • Shoeb I. Syed


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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  • Faiza A. Chaudary & Marc Goergen & Shoeb I. Syed, 2006. "Corporate Governance in the Financial Sector of Pakistan," Governance Working Papers 22253, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:eab:govern:22253

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

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General


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