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Earnings Quality and Perceived Auditor Independence: Irrelevance of Nonaudit Services Time Period


M.H. Carol Liu


Louisiana State University

Mohinder Parkash


Oakland University

Rajeev Singhal


Oakland University


Indian Journal of Economics and Business 9 (4), 2010

Abstract:     
Substantial growth in consulting services provided by auditors in 1990’s has been highlighted as a threat to auditor independence, which has been argued to be the cause of changes in investors’ perception of auditor independence. Research based on audit and nonaudit fees disclosed in 2000’s provide consistent results. This study proposes that the perceived auditor independence decreased with increase in auditor provided nonaudit services even before recent controversial environmental changes. Based on nonaudit fees from 1978-80, the evidence indicates that smaller earnings response coefficients are associated with higher auditor provided nonaudit services. These results suggest impairment of auditor independence by the provisions of nonaudit services irrespective of the time period.

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Keywords: Auditor Independence, Nonaudit Services, Consulting Services, Earnings Response Coefficients, ERC

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Date posted: February 23, 2010 ; Last revised: October 22, 2013

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Liu, M.H. Carol and Parkash, Mohinder and Singhal, Rajeev, Earnings Quality and Perceived Auditor Independence: Irrelevance of Nonaudit Services Time Period. Indian Journal of Economics and Business 9 (4), 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1556012

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M.H. Carol Liu
Louisiana State University ( email )
E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration
2800 Business Education Complex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States
Mohinder Parkash (Contact Author)
Oakland University ( email )
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
United States
Rajeev Singhal
Oakland University ( email )
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
United States
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