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Ownership structure, corporate governance and corporate liquidity policy: Evidence from the Ghana Stock Exchange

Godfred A. Bokpin (Department of Finance, University of Ghana Business School, Legon, Ghana)
Zangina Isshaq (Department of Accounting and Finance, School of Business, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)
Francis Aboagye‐Otchere (Department of Accounting, University of Ghana Business School, Legon, Ghana)

Journal of Financial Economic Policy

ISSN: 1757-6385

Article publication date: 9 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of ownership structure and corporate governance on corporate liquidity policy from a developing country perspective, Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE).

Design/methodology/approach

The authors adopt multiple regression analysis in estimating the relationship between ownership structure, corporate governance and corporate liquidity policy as well as the impact of corporate governance on insider ownership.

Findings

The authors find that foreign share ownership significantly predicts corporate cash holding on the GSE. The empirical result also portrays positive and statistically significant relationship between board size, financial leverage, firm size, profitability and corporate liquidity holding, and a negative and statistically significant relationship between board composition and corporate liquidity holding. The authors also document positive and statistically significant relationship between the various industry classifications namely manufacturing, distribution and the pharmaceutical industry and corporate cash holdings on the GSE but did not however find significant relationship between corporate governance and insider ownership on the GSE. The authors found positive relationship between Tobin's Q and inside ownership.

Originality/value

The main value of this paper is to analyze the relationship between ownership structure, corporate governance and corporate liquid policy from a developing country perspective.

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Citation

Bokpin, G.A., Isshaq, Z. and Aboagye‐Otchere, F. (2011), "Ownership structure, corporate governance and corporate liquidity policy: Evidence from the Ghana Stock Exchange", Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 262-279. https://doi.org/10.1108/17576381111152236

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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