Audit Committee Financial Expertise, Corporate Governance and Accruals Quality: An Empirical Analysis
52 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2006
Date Written: May 2006
Following the enactment of the Sarbanes Oxley Act 2002, US stock exchanges strongly advocate the presence of financial experts on audit committees. However, the ideal definition of financial expertise proves to be a controversial issue culminating with the stock exchanges adopting a wide scoped definition of financial expertise. Using this definition, prior studies have not provided consistent evidence of financial expertise positively influencing audit committee effectiveness. We investigate the association between three types of audit committee financial expertise (accounting, finance and supervisory expertise) and accruals quality. We find significant positive relation between accounting expertise and accruals quality, which is more pronounced in the presence of strong audit committee governance. The findings indicate that the current definition of financial expertise is too broad and any future refinements must focus on accounting expertise of the audit committee members.
Keywords: Audit committee, Accounting Expertise, Accruals quality
JEL Classification: M41, M43, M49, G34, G18, K22
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