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Audit committee compensation and the demand for monitoring of the financial reporting process

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  • Engel, Ellen
  • Hayes, Rachel M.
  • Wang, Xue
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    We examine the relation between audit committee compensation and the demand for monitoring of the financial reporting process. We find that total compensation and cash retainers paid to audit committees are positively correlated with audit fees and the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, our proxies for the demand for monitoring. Our results are robust to the inclusion of audit committee quality, measured as the committee chair financial expertise. Our results suggest a recent willingness by firms to deviate from the historically prevalent one-size-fits-all approach to director pay in response to increased demands on audit committees and differential director expertise.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Accounting and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 49 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1-2 (February)
    Pages: 136-154

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:49:y:2010:i:1-2:p:136-154

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    Keywords: Audit committees Board of director compensation Audit fees;

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    1. Armstrong, Christopher S. & Guay, Wayne R. & Weber, Joseph P., 2010. "The role of information and financial reporting in corporate governance and debt contracting," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(2-3), pages 179-234, December.
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