Governance Role of Auditors and Legal Environment: Evidence from Corporate Disclosure Transparency
Posted: 31 May 2011
Date Written: May 30, 2011
In a sample of firms originating from 20 countries, we examine whether and how auditor size (our proxy for audit quality) associates with corporate disclosure transparency. While prior studies examine the relation between auditor size and several aspects of financial reporting quality (e.g., discretionary accruals, restatements, etc.), there is limited evidence on how auditor size relates to disclosure transparency. There is also mixed evidence on how auditor size relates to reporting quality in different legal environments. We find that auditor size is positively associated with disclosure transparency around the world and that the association is stronger in code law regimes than in common law regimes. The latter finding supports the view that audits play a greater governing role in weaker legal environments.
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