Board characteristics and credit-union performance

Luisa A. Unda, Kamran Ahmed, Paul R. Mather

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We examine the role of board characteristics on the performance of Australian credit unions during the period 2004-2012. Credit unions are unique as they are member-owned institutions, and their directors are democratically elected by their members - an unusual governance structure that poses challenges for board effectiveness. We find that board remuneration, board expertise and attendance at meetings are associated with increased credit-union performance and are consistent with the goal of maximising member benefits. While the unique features of credit unions limit the presence of external monitoring mechanisms, we provide evidence that these board characteristics are relevant for credit unions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2735-2764
Number of pages30
JournalAccounting & Finance
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Board characteristics
  • Credit unions
  • Democratic governance
  • Financial performance
  • Member benefit

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