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Female board participation and annual report readability in firms with boardroom connections

Gianluca Ginesti (Dipartimento di Economia Management e Istituzioni, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico IINapoli, Italy)
Carlo Drago (University of Rome Niccolo Cusano, Roma, Lazio, Italy)
Riccardo Macchioni (Department of Economics, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Caserta, Italy)
Giuseppe Sannino (Department of Economics, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Caserta, Italy)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 11 April 2018

Issue publication date: 24 May 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the relationship between the female board participation and the readability of annual report.

Design/methodology/approach

Using hand-collected data from a “network-oriented market”, as exists in Italy, which includes 435 annual reports, this study uses a regression analysis to test whether female board participation affects the annual report readability.

Findings

Female board participation is found to have a positive impact on disclosure readability in firms with small boardroom connections but the opposite effect in firms with large boardroom connections.

Research limitations/implications

This paper responds to recent calls in the corporate governance literature by investigating whether the female board participation affects the transparency of the disclosure practices.

Practical implications

This study has policy implications, as it helps to improve evaluations of how, and under which circumstances, female board participation may lead to higher disclosure quality and thus benefit investors.

Originality/value

This paper shows that female board participation has different effects on the disclosure readability at different levels of board positions in inter-firm networks.

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Citation

Ginesti, G., Drago, C., Macchioni, R. and Sannino, G. (2018), "Female board participation and annual report readability in firms with boardroom connections", Gender in Management, Vol. 33 No. 4, pp. 296-314. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-07-2017-0079

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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