Governance Regulatory Changes, International Financial Reporting Standards Adoption, and New Zealand Audit and Non-Audit Fees: Empirical Evidence

Accounting and Finance, 2009

Posted: 16 Jul 2009

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Paul A. Griffin

University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management; University of California, Davis

David H. Lont

University of Otago - Department of Accountancy and Finance

Estelle Sun

Boston University - Questrom School of Business

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Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

This study examines the association between overseas and New Zealand governance regulatory reforms and New Zealand companies’ audit and non-audit fees. Our models use temporal and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) indicator variables to relate the timing of the fee changes to the incidence of the overseas and local reforms. We find that audit fees increased in New Zealand over 2002–2006. Such increases associate reliably with the transition to and adoption of NZ IFRS and not with earlier overseas governance reforms. Our study also documents a decrease in non-audit fees over the same period, but we find no IFRS effect for non-audit fees.

Keywords: Audit fees, Auditor independence, Governance regulations, International Financial Reporting Standards, Non-audit fees, NZ IFRS, Sarbanes–Oxley Act

JEL Classification: C30, K22, L80, M40, M41, M44, M47

Suggested Citation

Griffin, Paul A. and Lont, David H. and Sun, Estelle Yuan, Governance Regulatory Changes, International Financial Reporting Standards Adoption, and New Zealand Audit and Non-Audit Fees: Empirical Evidence (April 1, 2009). Accounting and Finance, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1432663

Paul A. Griffin

University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management ( email )

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University of California, Davis ( email )

3102 Gallahger Hall
Davis, CA 95616
United States
(530) 752-7372 (Phone)
(425) 799-4143 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/griffin/

David H. Lont (Contact Author)

University of Otago - Department of Accountancy and Finance ( email )

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Dunedin, Otago 9054
New Zealand
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HOME PAGE: http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/acty/

Estelle Yuan Sun

Boston University - Questrom School of Business ( email )

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Boston, MA MA 02215
United States
1-617-353-2353 (Phone)

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