Monika Causholli's paper co-authored with Gatton PhD student Evisa Bogdani and Robert Knechel (University of Florida) titled "The Role of Assurance in Equity Crowdfunding" has been accepted for publication at The Accounting Review.
The SEC requires equity crowdfunding (ECF) companies to provide assured financial statements. Assurance can be provided with certification by management or an audit or review by an independent accountant. We utilize the ECF setting to examine whether voluntary assurance facilitates capital formation. We find that companies that provide either reviewed or audited financial statements during a capital campaign are marginally more likely to raise their target capital. They also raise more funds and attract more investors relative to companies that only provide management-certified financial statements. However, relative to reviews, audits are not associated with a greater likelihood of success in an ECF offering other than attracting more investors. Finally, we find that assurance is indirectly associated with a company’s post-ECF survival and its ability to raise future capital. This suggests that assurance at the time of ECF has implications for a company’s success beyond ECF.