Do Corporate Governance Characteristics Affect Non-Financial Risk Disclosure in Government-Owned Companies? The Italian Experience

Financial Reporting, 1, pp. 5-31, 2014

Posted: 16 Jan 2015

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Alessandra Allini

Independent

Francesca Manes Rossi

Università Degli Studi di Salerno - Department of Management Research

Riccardo Macchioni

Second University of Naples - Department of Strategy and Quantitative Methods

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

While a considerable amount of research has already been carried out into the corporate governance determinants of non-financial risk disclosure in companies in the private sector, such determinants in the annual reports of listed Government-owned Companies (LGCs) have yet to be investigated fully. This study attempts to complete the picture. Italian LGCs have been selected for analysis and agency theory has been applied in the public sector under the accountability paradigm. The research investigates whether non-financial risk disclosure provided in the Management Commentary (MC) of Italian LGCs may be affected by ownership concentration, corporate governance mechanisms and company-specific features. The issue is of particular importance in a country where Government intervention has significantly affected its economic development since the nineteenth century. Our findings show that there is a relationship between the level of non-financial risk disclosure and Board diversity, leverage and sector. Our findings also reveal some useful insights concerning policy makers and standard setters.

Keywords: government-owned companies; accountability; non-financial risk

Suggested Citation

Allini, Alessandra and Manes Rossi, Francesca and Macchioni, Riccardo, Do Corporate Governance Characteristics Affect Non-Financial Risk Disclosure in Government-Owned Companies? The Italian Experience (2014). Financial Reporting, 1, pp. 5-31, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2549875

Alessandra Allini

Independent

Francesca Manes Rossi (Contact Author)

Università Degli Studi di Salerno - Department of Management Research ( email )

Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132
Fisciano, Salerno 84084
Italy

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Riccardo Macchioni

Second University of Naples - Department of Strategy and Quantitative Methods ( email )

Corso Gran Priorato di Malta
Capua, Caserta 81043
Italy

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