Evaluating the credibility of voluntary internal controls certification

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Abstract

This study finds that CEOs’ and CFOs’ voluntary certification of internal controls over financial reports (ICFR) in Australia are associated with higher quality earnings, suggesting that disclosures are credible. The results are robust to two-stage regression analysis, propensity score matching, and alternative measures of earnings quality. We use three-stage regression modelling to address the issue of joint effects of ICFR and audit fees on accruals quality, and the demand effect of corporate governance on audit fees. Using audit fees as a determinant of credible ICFR certification, we find that auditors charge lower fees for firms with good ICFR. Such firms are also associated with better corporate governance. The findings of our study have implications for policy makers, regulators, and capital market participants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-117
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of International Accounting Research
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Accruals quality
  • Audit fees
  • Certification
  • Corporate governance
  • financial reporting
  • internal controls

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