Risk committee, firm life cycle, and market risk disclosures

Ahmed Al-Hadi*, Mostafa Monzur Hasan, Ahsan Habib

*Corresponding author for this work

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Manuscript Type: Empirical

Research Question/Issue: This study investigates whether the existence of a separate risk committee and risk committee characteristics are associated with market risk disclosures. It also tests whether the role of a risk committee in affecting market risk disclosures varies for different firm life cycle stages.

Research Findings/Insights: Using 677 firm-year observations of financial firms from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries during the years 2007-2011, we find that firms with a separate risk committee are associated with greater market risk disclosures, an effect that is more pronounced for mature-stage firms. Furthermore, findings suggest that risk committee qualifications and size have a significant positive impact on market risk disclosures.

Theoretical/Academic Implications: This study complements the corporate governance literature by incorporating agency theory, legitimacy theory, stakeholder theory, and the resource-based theory to provide more robust evidence of the impact of a separate risk committee and the firm life cycle on market risk disclosures. Our results support the monitoring effect of a separate risk committee and suggest that a separate risk committee can improve "firm-level corporate governance" in the GCC countries characterized by a poor informational environment.

Practitioner/Policy Implications: Findings from this study provide evidence that the existence, qualifications, and size of risk committees may be used as a channel to improve the disclosure level, suggesting a policy prescription for regulators and policymakers. Investors may also find these results useful in forming their own expectations about firm-level risk disclosures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-170
Number of pages26
JournalCorporate Governance: An International Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk Committee
  • Firm Life Cycle
  • Market Risk Disclosure


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