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FACTORS INFLUENCING DISCLOSURE PRACTICES IN EMERGING MARKETS: CASE OF THE GULF COUNTRIES

Nermeen Shehata

DOI: 10.22495/cocv11i4c2p3

Abstract

The paper focuses on one homogeneous group of countries in the Middle East North Africa Region, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, which provides an opportunity to better understand the environment and context, and help shape future research. The purpose of this paper is to provide an analysis of three factors affecting corporate disclosure practices in the GCC countries including: economy, capital markets, and laws and enforcement mechanisms. Several recommendations that would help improve disclosure and financial reporting practices in the GCC are presented. Accounting researchers, especially those with interests in disclosure and financial reporting issues, should take into account the impact of the previous factors while designing their empirical research and reporting its findings.

Keywords: Bahrain, Disclosure, Financial Reporting, Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE

How to cite this paper: Shehata, N. (2014). Factors influencing disclosure practices in emerging markets: Case of the gulf countries. Corporate Ownership & Control, 11(4-2), 250-257. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv11i4c2p3

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