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Title: Determinants of corporate ownership and board structure: Evidence from Singapore
Authors: Mak, Y.T. 
Li, Y.
Keywords: Board of directors
Corporate governance
Corporate ownership
Simultaneous equations
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Mak, Y.T., Li, Y. (2001). Determinants of corporate ownership and board structure: Evidence from Singapore. Journal of Corporate Finance 7 (3) : 235-256. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examines the determinants and interrelationships among corporate ownership and board structure characteristics using a sample of Singapore listed firms. The institutional environment in Singapore differs from that in many developed Western economies in several important respects, including a weak market for corporate control, more concentrated stock ownership, and significant government ownership in many private sector firms. Three characteristics - board composition, board leadership structure and board size - are used to capture the monitoring ability of the board. These board characteristics are assumed to be endogenously determined, together with two ownership characteristics, managerial ownership and blockholder ownership. We use two-stage least squares regression to estimate the determinants of board and ownership characteristics. Our findings indicate that corporate ownership and board structures are related, and that there are significant interrelationships among board structure characteristics. The proportion of outside directors is negatively related to managerial ownership, board size and government ownership. The use of a dual leadership structure is positively related to blockholder ownership, and negatively related to regulation and to CEO tenure. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.
Source Title: Journal of Corporate Finance
ISSN: 09291199
DOI: 10.1016/S0929-1199(01)00021-9
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