Green Finance Policy, Financial Risk, and Audit Quality: Evidence from China
Forthcoming at European Accounting Review
41 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2022
Date Written: July 29, 2022
Using the green finance policies (GFPs) in China as a shock to capital allocation, we find that the implementation of GFPs improves audit quality for green firms. Specifically, green firms are likely to receive favorable audit opinions, pay lower audit fees, and generate higher-quality financial reports after the implementation of GFPs. When examining the mechanisms through which GFPs affect audit risk for green firms, we find that green firms are likely to experience lower financial risks and have access to more bank loans at a lower cost after the implementation of GFPs. Further analysis shows that the main results are more pronounced when GFPs are better enforced, where auditors face more government intervention, and where firms are financially constrained. Overall, we document that GFPs decrease financial risk for green firms and have a positive spillover to auditors by mitigating audit risk.
Keywords: Green finance policy, Audit opinion, Audit fee, China
JEL Classification: G11, G2, G3
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