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Board structure and firm performance: evidence from Colombia

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  • Fortich, Roberto

    (Economics, Universidad del Rosario)

  • Gutiérrez, Luis

    () (Economics, Universidad del Rosario)

  • Pombo, Carlos

    () (School of Management, Universidad de Los Andes)

Abstract

This paper studies the board structure and firm per- formance across 77 equity issuer corporations in Colombia for the 1998-2004 period. The sample is formed by 47 holding firms belonging to the top- two largest local conglomerates in the country, and 30 independent firms that were included as a control group. The paper presents for first time measures of board governance proxies such as independence, rotation, and members interlocking for this emerging market. Measurement results show that board independence is lower that international standards. Nonetheless, for the control group the mean is simi- lar to levels reported for the US and India cases. Regarding interlocks of members, the study finds that on average in 1/4 of the sample, boards have at least one member that is a CEO of another firm, and more important is the fact that 1/5 of the firms there were reciprocal CEO's interlocking. Econometric results show that board independence has a positive effect on firms' valuation meanwhile higher board turnover rates have a negative effect on a firm's performance.

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  • Fortich, Roberto & Gutiérrez, Luis & Pombo, Carlos, 2008. "Board structure and firm performance: evidence from Colombia," Galeras. Working Papers Series 019, Universidad de Los Andes. Facultad de Administración. School of Management.
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    Keywords

    Board independence; corporate governance; firm value; Colombian corporations;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure

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