Does fintech lead to better accounting practices? Empirical evidence

Mandella Osei-Assibey Bonsu, Ying Wang, Yongsheng Guo

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Purpose – Innovation in fintech presents great opportunities and huge challenges for accounting practices around the world. This paper aims to examine the impact of Fintech on accounting practices including financial reporting, performance management, budgeting, auditing, risk and fraud management. Fintech is proxied by the adoption of AI and big data analysis in accounting practices.
Design/methodology/approach – We chose African countries as our focus countries and surveyed chartered and qualified accountants in both Ghana and Nigeria. With 201 questionnaires qualified for our final analyses, we adopted the structural equation modelling to analyse the impact of Fintech on accounting practices.
Findings – The empirical results show that the impact of AI and big data on accounting practices is positive and significant, indicating that fintech could potentially mitigate the agency problem in accounting practices and lead to better accounting practices. Interestingly, we find that, in general, the impact of AI is larger than that of big data.
Originality/value – Our results provide significant insights to regulators, policymakers and managers about the future development of adopting fintech in the regulation and governance framework at both macro and micro levels for accounting practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-147
JournalAccounting Research Journal
Issue number2/3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2023


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