Abnormal fees and timely loss recognition: a long-term perspective

Amir, E, Guan, Y and Livne, G (2018) Abnormal fees and timely loss recognition: a long-term perspective. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, 38 (3). pp. 1-22. ISSN 0278-0380

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We examine the relation between timely loss recognition and abnormal audit, non-audit, and total fees over a period of thirteen years. We use positive abnormal audit (non-audit) fees as a measure of abnormal audit effort (economic bond). We report some evidence suggesting audit effort is associated with slower loss recognition in accruals before the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) became effective. We find stronger evidence that audit effort is associated with slower loss recognition post-SOX when clients raise substantial external funds or when the auditor is not an industry specialist. Using C_Score, we find a negative association between changes in abnormal audit fees and total fees, and changes in C_Score only post-SOX. We do not find abnormal non-audit fees are associated with the speed of loss recognition. Collectively, the results suggest post-SOX auditors exert more effort when losses are delayed and that non-audit services do not compromise auditor independence.

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© 2019 American Accounting Association

Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 20:04
Subjects: A > Auditing
L > Legislature
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 09:26
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1467
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