Ownership identity and cost of debt in an emerging market: pre- and post-crisis analysis
by Imad Jabbouri; Maryem Naili; Chaimae Nouina
International Journal of Corporate Governance (IJCG), Vol. 10, No. 3/4, 2019

Abstract: This research investigates the relationship between ownership identity and cost of debt in the emerging market of Morocco spanning the period from 2004 to 2016. The study employs a panel data analysis and documents that the presence of institutional ownership is negatively related to cost of debt, whereas the presence of family ownership is positively related to cost of debt. Ownership identity reflects a given quality of governance mechanisms within the firm, which affects creditors' confidence positively or negatively. This study pursues innovation by examining whether the value relevance of ownership identity changes as market conditions change. The results are more pronounced in the post-crisis period compared to the pre-crisis period. We argue that the incentives for insiders to expropriate increase during economic downturns. Mindful of the deterioration of corporate governance during economic slumps, the importance creditors attach to ownership identity, as an indicator of governance quality, increases during the post-crisis period.

Online publication date: Tue, 22-Oct-2019

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