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An empirical investigation of the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 on agency costs in New York Stock Exchange listed, domestic manufacturing firms

Posted on:2009-04-03Degree:D.B.AType:Dissertation
University:Anderson UniversityCandidate:Miller, Scott EFull Text:PDF
GTID:1449390005954527Subject:Business Administration
Drawing upon the long established stream of agency theory literature, this dissertation investigates the effect of corporate governance mechanisms on agency costs and the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) on the moderating effect of these mechanisms on the agency problem. Significant attention has been given to the costs associated with SOX, yet there is no notable research which examines the benefits derived therefrom. The purpose of this research is to fill the void in the current literature and complement its focus on costs with a serious investigation into whether benefits are being realized from this legislation. Investigating domestic, manufacturing firms listed on the New York Stock Exchange, this research concludes that many governance controls long held to temper agency conflict did not do so in a pre-SOX environment. However, it illustrates that SOX caused these governance mechanisms to effectively moderate agency conflict in a post-SOX environment for this sample. Additionally, it concludes that in a model that includes audit fees, SOX improved the effectiveness of these governance mechanisms in the reduction of agency costs more predominantly with more robust results. Therefore, this research is the first to provide evidence that there are measureable benefits that flow from the passage of SOX.
Keywords/Search Tags:Agency, SOX, Governance mechanisms
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