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Board of Directors' Characteristics and Conditional Accounting Conservatism: Spanish Evidence

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  • Juan Manuel Garcia Lara
  • Beatriz Garcia Osma
  • Fernando Penalva

Using a sample of Spanish listed firms for the period 1997-2002 we find that firms where the CEO has a low influence over the functioning of the board of directors show a greater degree of accounting conservatism. We measure the influence of the CEO over the board of directors using two aggregate indexes combining six (eight) characteristics of the functioning of the board of directors and its monitoring committees: board size, proportion of non-executive directors, proportion of independent directors, whether the chairman of the board is an executive director, the number of board meetings, and the existence of an audit committee, a nomination/remuneration committee and an executive committee. We define conservatism as the asymmetric recognition speed of good and bad news in earnings, and we measure it following Basu (Journal of Accounting and Economics, 24, pp. 3-37, 1997) and Ball and Shivakumar (Journal of Accounting and Economics, 39, pp. 83-128, 2005). Our results are robust to alternative specifications and specific controls for investment opportunities and for the endogenous nature of corporate governance and earnings quality. Overall, our evidence shows that firms with strong boards use conservative accounting numbers as a governance tool, even in an institutional setting with low litigation risk such as Spain.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal European Accounting Review.

Volume (Year): 16 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 727-755

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Handle: RePEc:taf:euract:v:16:y:2007:i:4:p:727-755
DOI: 10.1080/09638180701706922
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