The effect of controlling shareholders’ excess board seats control on financial restatements: evidence from Taiwan

The effect of controlling shareholders’ excess board seats control on financial restatements:... This study examines the relation between controlling shareholders’ excess board seats control and financial restatements. An analysis of a sample comprising 106 Taiwanese listed firms (53 restating firms vs. 53 non-restating control firms) shows that financial restatements are more likely to occur when there is a greater divergence between controlling shareholders’ board seats control rights and ownership rights. We also find that the excess board seats control of controlling shareholders is positively associated with the materiality and pervasiveness of financial restatements. Overall, these results suggest that the entrenchment incentive from controlling shareholders’ excess control motivates firms to adopt aggressive accounting policies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting Springer Journals

The effect of controlling shareholders’ excess board seats control on financial restatements: evidence from Taiwan

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Finance; Corporate Finance; Accounting/Auditing; Econometrics; Operation Research/Decision Theory
ISSN
0924-865X
eISSN
1573-7179
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11156-007-0054-7
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Abstract

This study examines the relation between controlling shareholders’ excess board seats control and financial restatements. An analysis of a sample comprising 106 Taiwanese listed firms (53 restating firms vs. 53 non-restating control firms) shows that financial restatements are more likely to occur when there is a greater divergence between controlling shareholders’ board seats control rights and ownership rights. We also find that the excess board seats control of controlling shareholders is positively associated with the materiality and pervasiveness of financial restatements. Overall, these results suggest that the entrenchment incentive from controlling shareholders’ excess control motivates firms to adopt aggressive accounting policies.

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Review of Quantitative Finance and AccountingSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 22, 2007

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