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Corporate governance and the value‐relevance of accounting information: Evidence from Australia

Ahsan Habib (Department of Accounting, School of Business, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Istiaq Azim (Division of Business, School of Commerce, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)

Accounting Research Journal

ISSN: 1030-9616

Article publication date: 30 September 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to examine the relationship between corporate governance and the value‐relevance of accounting information in Australia.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses board, audit committee and external audit related variables to proxy for corporate governance. Value‐relevance is measured by the adjusted R2 derived from a regression of stock price on earnings and equity book values following Ohlosn's accounting‐based valuation framework.

Findings

Regression results show that firms with strong governance structure exhibit higher value‐relevance of accounting information. Results further show that firm‐specific economic variables are important determinants of the value‐relevance of accounting information.

Research limitations/implications

Significant regulatory reforms regarding corporate governance around the world give an impression that regulators believe that governance plays a key role in ensuring, among others, credible financial reporting. This paper provides support for such a view in Australian context.

Originality/value

This paper uses the relationship between accounting numbers and share price as the measure of accounting information quality and also considers the impact of ASX Corporate Governance Best Practice Code on the changes in the value‐relevance of accounting information.

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Citation

Habib, A. and Azim, I. (2008), "Corporate governance and the value‐relevance of accounting information: Evidence from Australia", Accounting Research Journal, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 167-194. https://doi.org/10.1108/10309610810905944

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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