Economic Consequences of Mandatory Auditor Reporting to Bank Supervisors
82 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2020 Last revised: 10 Aug 2021
Date Written: July 1, 2021
We study the economic consequences of mandates that require bank auditors to report to bank regulators. Based on survey responses from the European Central Bank and all 28 national bank regulators within the European Union and a review of national banking regulations, we create a novel dataset on these mandates. Exploiting the cross-sectional and time-series variation in these mandates, we find evidence that auditor reporting to bank regulators reduces bank riskiness, as measured by counterparty risk and credit spreads. We also observe a decline in problem loans and risk-weighted assets, as well as improvements in timeliness of loan loss provisions. Additional analyses suggest that mandated auditor reporting increases the effectiveness of supervisory and monitoring efforts and improves market discipline of banks. However, mandated auditor reporting comes with costs: it reduces future lending growth, risky lending, and profitability, and increases audit fees paid by shareholders.
Keywords: credit risk, banking; auditing; bank risk; regulation; bank regulation; supervision
JEL Classification: G28, G34, G38
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