The relationship between corporate governance and foreign ownership of the banks in developing countries La relación entre gobierno corporativo y propiedad extranjera de los bancos en los países en desarrollo

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Contaduria y Administracion, vol.62, no.5, pp.1627-1642, 2017 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cya.2017.05.007
  • Journal Name: Contaduria y Administracion
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1627-1642
  • Keywords: Banking, Corporate governance, Foreign banks
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this paper is to determine the effect of corporate governance on foreign ownership of the banks. Within this context, annual data of 65 developing countries for the periods between 2004 and 2013 was analyzed. In addition to this situation, 7 explanatory variables were used in this study in order to achieve this objective. As a result of the analysis, it was identified that there is a strong relationship between operations of foreign banks and governance levels of the countries. In this regard, it was determined that the factors of corruption, political stability, rule of law and flexibility in legal regulations affect foreign bank operations. Moreover, it was also analyzed that foreign bank operations are stronger in the countries that have low poverty, high political stability and efficient legal infrastructure. On the other hand, it was defined that strict legal regulation affects foreign bank operations negatively which shows that foreign banks prefer to enter into the countries that have flexible legal regulations. This study gives essential information to developing countries about the factors that affect the decisions of foreign banks in order to enter into a developing country. Therefore, by considering the results of this study, the authorities of these countries can have a chance to take necessary actions so as to attract foreign banks.