Political connections, board ethnicity and value relevance in Mauritius

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Mustun, T. and Abdul Wahab, E. 2023. Political connections, board ethnicity and value relevance in Mauritius. Asian Review of Accounting. 31 (5), pp. 680-711. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARA-10-2022-0238
TypeArticle
TitlePolitical connections, board ethnicity and value relevance in Mauritius
AuthorsMustun, T. and Abdul Wahab, E.
Abstract

Purpose: The paper aims to investigate the impact of political connections and board ethnicity on the value relevance of earnings and book value in Mauritius.

Design/methodology/approach:This study is based on a sample of 541 Mauritian-listed firm-year observations for 2001–2016. Financial and board diversity data have been collected using the listed firms’ annual reports and from reports published by the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Political connection data was derived from the directory of Chief of State and Cabinet members. The research hypotheses were empirically tested using a modified Ohlson (1995) price model.

Findings: This study shows that political connections negatively impact the value relevance of earnings and book value. The authors find that firms with Franco-Mauritian directors will constrain political connections’ negative impact. The authors find contrasting results for Indo-Mauritian directors since they form an integral part of the government in Mauritius.

Originality/value: This study contributes to the scarce accounting literature in Mauritius. Firstly, no study has investigated the relationship between the value relevance of accounting information and political connections in Mauritius. Secondly, Mauritius’s capital market is dominated by a non-indigenous ethnic group, Franco-Mauritians, who remain the economic elite. Hence, Mauritius presents an opportunity to bring forth another important aspect in the capital market and corporate governance; diversity on the board of directors. Therefore, the study extends to the political connections and board diversity literature.

KeywordsPolitical Connections; Board Diversity; Ethnicity; Value; Relevance; Mauritius; G3; G14 ; M14; M41
Sustainable Development Goals16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
LanguageEnglish
PublisherEmerald
JournalAsian Review of Accounting
ISSN1321-7348
Electronic1758-8863
Publication dates
Online19 May 2023
Print25 Oct 2023
Publication process dates
Submitted03 Oct 2022
Accepted23 Apr 2023
Deposited02 Apr 2024
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/ARA-10-2022-0238
Web of Science identifierWOS:000989803600001
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