Strengthening the Financial Reporting System: Can Audit Committees Deliver?

37 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2010

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Jean Bédard

Université Laval - École de comptabilité

Yves Gendron

Université Laval

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This paper reviews the literature on audit committees in order to evaluate the extent to which committees are effective in terms of strengthening financial reporting. The paper aims to achieve two goals: first. to provide updated information about the effectiveness of the audit committee, and second to identify research opportunities. Compared with other reviews on the matter, we cover a broader spectrum of theoretical perspectives from various fields, methods, and countries. In particular, our review investigates from a meta-perspective the results reported in studies which examine the relationship between certain audit committee characteristics and measures of audit committee effectiveness. It is hoped that this work will sensitize accounting researchers about the appropriateness of extending the boundaries of research on audit committees, from methodological, theoretical, and geographical points of view.

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Bédard, Jean and Gendron, Yves, Strengthening the Financial Reporting System: Can Audit Committees Deliver?. International Journal of Auditing, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 174-210, July 2010, Available at SSRN: or

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