Title

Reforms in Thai bank governance: the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis

Date of this Version

3-2008

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Pathan, S., Skully, M. & Wickramanayake, J. (2008) Reforms in Thai bank governance: the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis, International Review of Financial Analysis, 17 (2), 345-362.

Copyright © Shams Pathan, Michael T. Skully & J. Wickramanayake, 2008.

Abstract

This paper provides an empirical analysis on Thailand's bank governance reforms after the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and then examines the stock market's response. Unlike the pre-crisis period, we find that the bank sector returns (or return volatilities) have become more Granger causal to the overall stock market in the post-crisis period. Announcements of bank governance reforms are generally also associated with significant change in bank sector returns. This adds to the proposition that improved bank governance is related to improved bank performance as measured by their bank stock returns.