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Title: Choice of auditors and earnings management during the Asian financial crisis
Authors: Chia, YM
Lapsley, I
Lee, HW
Keywords: Asian studies
Corporate governance
Financial performance
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Managerial auditing journal, 2007, v. 22, no. 2, p. 177-196 How to cite?
Journal: Managerial Auditing Journal 
Abstract: Purpose - This study sets out to examine the effect of the choice of auditors in constraining earnings management within a rule-based reporting framework during the Asian financial crisis. Design/methodology/approach - Using the iterative seemingly unrelated regression methodology, 383 firm-observations of service-oriented listed companies in Singapore are analysed. Findings - The results show that service-oriented companies engage in income decreasing earnings management during the crisis period. More importantly, the results indicate that only the Big-6 firms are able to significantly constrain the earnings management of managers of such companies. Practical implications - The ability of Big-6 firms to constrain earnings management is perceived to add credibility to the quality of reported earnings, and hence contributes to the competitive advantage of the Big-6 firms in the market for auditing services. Originality/value - The evidence contributes to the literature on corporate governance and the competitiveness of the market for audit services in the context of an economy-wide financial crisis from an Asian perspective.
ISSN: 0268-6902
DOI: 10.1108/02686900710718672
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