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Board gender diversity, corporate governance, and earnings management: Evidence from an emerging market

Nurlan Orazalin (Bang College of Business, KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 10 January 2020

Issue publication date: 18 February 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine whether board gender diversity and other board characteristics affect earnings management practices of top public companies in Kazakhstan.

Design/methodology/approach

The study analyzes data of top public companies for the period 2010-2016. Data on corporate governance were manually collected from annual reports and investment memorandums, and financial data were collected from audited financial statements.

Findings

The empirical results show that companies with greater board gender diversity are more effective in constraining earnings management. The findings also indicate that companies with larger boards adopt a more restrained approach to earnings management practices, thus supporting the theoretical framework of the study. However, the results provide weak evidence of the association between board independence and earnings quality.

Originality/value

This study is the first to investigate the relationship between gender diversity and earnings management in emerging markets such as Kazakhstan that offers managerial and policy implications.

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Citation

Orazalin, N. (2020), "Board gender diversity, corporate governance, and earnings management: Evidence from an emerging market", Gender in Management, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 37-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-03-2018-0027

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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