38 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 1, 2014
Earnings management has attracted much attention in this globalized economic environment due to large accounting scandals such as Enron and WorldCom. National governments and other market-regulation institutions are taking measures to restrain earnings management in order to ensure the reliability and transparency of financial reporting. This study explores whether audit committees and boards of directors influence earnings management using the literary review method. The findings show that both discretionary accruals and abnormal accruals are mostly used as dependent variables to detect earnings manipulation estimated by the Jones and Modified Jones Models. For the most part, evidence from previous literatures indicates that the more independent the members of the audit committee and board, the higher the quality of earnings in financial reporting. However, some opposite findings exist.
Keywords: earnings management, audit committee independence, board of directors, discretionary accruals, modified Jones model
JEL Classification: M40, M41
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Pathak, Jagdish and Karim, Khondkar and Suh, Sang-Hyun and Ziwen, Xiang, Do Audit Committee and Characteristics of Board of Directors Influence Earnings Management? (March 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2406080 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2406080