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Does Securities Commission Oversight Reduce the Complexity of Financial Reporting?

List of AuthorsHesarzadeh Reza, Rajabalizadeh Javad

PublisherAsociación Española de Profesores Universitarios de Contabilidad

Publication year2020

JournalRevista de Contabilidad/Spanish Accounting Review

Journal acronymRS-SAR

Volume number23

Issue number1

Start page1

End page17

Number of pages17





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We investigate whether securities commission oversight reduces the complexity of financial reporting (complexity). To measure the securities commission oversight, we use comment letters from securities commission of Iran. Further, to measure the complexity, we employ the Fog index. Using a difference-in-differences design with a propensity score matching approach, we find that the securities commission oversight reduces the complexity. Furthermore, we document that the impact of securities commission oversight on the complexity is stronger for firms with higher corporate governance quality. In addition, we document that the impact of securities commission oversight on the complexity (1) is not limited to one year and persists through at least two years later; and (2) is not higher for firms that receive more comment letters. We further document the spillover effect of securities commission oversight, in the sense that firms not receiving any comment letter reduce their complexity if the securities commission has commented on the industry leader or a close rival. Collectively, this paper, on the one hand, provides related evidence for the international debate on whether securities commissions could provide beneficial effects; and on the other hand, contributes to the literature on the complexity and its reducing factors that are among the most important issues in the context of international financial reporting.

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