Trade-off between reputation concerns and economic dependence for auditors - threshold regression approach

Fang Chi Lin, Chin Chen Chien, Cheng Few Lee, Hsuan Chu Lin, Yu Cheng Lin

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Abstract

This chapter utilizes a panel threshold regression model to plow two of the most profound issues in auditing: First of all, does economic bonding compromise audit quality and secondly, does the SOX’s prohibition of certain nonaudit services mitigate the association between fees and auditor independence? Empirical results suggest that there indeed exists a threshold value which would impair audit quality once nonaudit services surpass it. Moreover, the threshold value has yet plummeted subsequent to the SOX’s prohibition of certain nonaudit services designated to mitigate auditors’ economic bonding with their clients, suggesting that the effort made by the authorities has been by large ineffective. The results lead us to ponder whether the fee structure and the existing practice of employing auditors at the discretion of the management should be rigorously reviewed to warrant audit quality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Financial Econometrics, Mathematics, Statistics, and Machine Learning (In 4 Volumes)
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Pages859-888
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789811202391
ISBN (Print)9789811202384
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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