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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND EARNINGS MANAGEMENT: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM NIGERIA

Peace Onuwabhagbe Okougbo, Elewechi Okike

DOI: 10.22495/cocv12i4c2p7

Abstract

This study contributes to the literature by providing a sub-Saharan African economy perspective on the relationship between corporate governance and earnings management, based on evidence produced from the accounts of listed companies in one of Africa’s largest economies, Nigeria. Using the Modified Jones model to estimate the discretionary accruals, the study examines whether CEO duality, board size and audit committee independence are able to restrain earnings management practices in the private sector in Nigeria. The results reveal there is a positive significant relationship between the size of the board, return on assets and earnings management. The study proposes that policy makers ensure that firms practise maintaining increasing levels of profits and desist from making losses so as to preclude downward management of earnings. This is essential in the current drive to attract foreign investments into the Nigerian economy.

Keywords: Corporate Governance, Earnings Management, Discretionary Accruals, Agency Theory, Nigeria

How to cite this paper: Okougbo, P. O., & Okike, E. (2015). Corporate governance and earnings management: Empirical evidence from Nigeria. Corporate Ownership & Control, 12(4-2), 312-326. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv12i4c2p7

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