The Relationship Between Enterprise Risk Management and External Audit Fees: Are They Complements or Substitutes?

RISK MANAGEMENT AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, Jalilvand & Malliaris, eds., Routledge, 2011

34 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2009 Last revised: 16 Feb 2012

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Kurt A. Desender

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Esteban Lafuente

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC Barcelona Tech)

Date Written: October 7, 2009

Abstract

The paper explores how the adoption of enterprise risk management (ERM) practices influences external audit fees in large pharmaceutical firms. The results show that the mere presence of a Chief Risk Officer does not influence external audit fees. However, when we take the different ERM practices into account, we find that firms that heavily rely on ERM report significantly lower external audit fees. This finding is especially relevant, as it indicates that ERM not only creates the conditions for better internal monitoring, but it also facilitates the external auditor’s work leading to lower external audit fees.

Keywords: Enterprise Risk Management, Audit Fees, Corporate Governance, Chief Risk Officer

JEL Classification: G3, G32, G34

Suggested Citation

Desender, Kurt A. and Lafuente, Esteban, The Relationship Between Enterprise Risk Management and External Audit Fees: Are They Complements or Substitutes? (October 7, 2009). RISK MANAGEMENT AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, Jalilvand & Malliaris, eds., Routledge, 2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1484862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1484862

Kurt A. Desender (Contact Author)

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid ( email )

Calle de Madrid, 123
Getafe, 28903
Spain

Esteban Lafuente

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC Barcelona Tech) ( email )

Barcelona, Barcelona
Spain

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