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Market reaction to Audit Committee director departures: Evidence from the post-SOX period


  • Etienne Redor

    () (Audencia Business School)


Although the Audit Committee is a key component of corporate governance, very few studies have analyzed the market reaction to the departure of an Audit Committee Director. In this paper, we study the market reaction to 90 Audit Committee Director departures between 2004 and 2014. We find no significant market reaction at either the time of a non co-opted directors' departure or at the time of a financial expert directors' departure. Conversely, we show a significant positive market reaction at the announcement of a female Audit Committee member's departure, but no significant market reaction to the announcement of a male Audit Committee member's departure.

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  • Etienne Redor, 2016. "Market reaction to Audit Committee director departures: Evidence from the post-SOX period," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 36(3), pages 1267-1274.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-16-00336

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    Audit Committee; Director departure; Sarbanes-Oxley Act; SOX; Market reaction; Event studies; Co-opted director; Independent director; Financial expert; Gender;

    JEL classification:

    • M4 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance


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