Published: Public Oversight and Reporting Credibility: Evidence from the PCAOB Inspection Regime

​​​​​Paper Authors: Brandon Gipper, Christian Leuz, and Mark Maffett

Publication: The Review of Financial Studies, December 2019

Abstract:  This paper studies the impact of public audit oversight on financial reporting credibility. We analyze changes in market responses to earnings news after public audit oversight is introduced, exploiting that the regime onset depends on fiscal year-ends, auditors, and the rollout of auditor inspections. We find that investors respond more strongly to earnings news following public audit oversight. Corroborating these findings, we find an increase in volume responses to 10-K filings after the new regime. Our results show that public audit oversight can enhance reporting credibility and that this credibility is priced in capital markets.