Do corporate governance recommendations improve the performance and accountability of small listed companies?


  • The authors would like to acknowledge the valuable suggestions made by Jere Francis, Stephen Lin, Gulasekaran Rajaguru, Tom Smith, participants at the Journal of International Accounting Research Conference and two anonymous referees.


This study examines whether the implementation of the 2003 Australian Securities Exchange Limited governance recommendations influenced the governance choices of small companies and whether compliance improves their accounting and market performance and earnings quality. Our analysis examines small and large companies because we are interested in the different effects of the governance recommendations on the two groups. The analysis shows a significant shift by small and large companies to comply with the recommendations around the time of their introduction. We find that formation of an audit committee surrounding the reform period is significantly associated with improved earnings quality for small and large companies. However, compliance with other governance recommendations is not systematically associated with improved performance or earnings quality.