Audit and Nonaudit Fees from Different Reporting Regimes and Perceived Audit Quality
Indian Journal of Economics and Business, Forthcoming
30 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2012 Last revised: 9 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 19, 2012
Auditor independence in fact as well as in appearance has been one of the concerns of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The debate on perceived audit quality is concentrated on short reporting periods. In this paper we study the issue of auditor independence by analyzing how investors and financial analysts perceive audit quality in the presence of auditor provided nonaudit services under different reporting regimes. We analyze the issue by focusing on three distinct disclosure periods. The first period of our analysis covers the relatively noncontroversial accounting disclosures made between 1978 and 1980. The second period of our analysis includes accounting scandals and perceived audit failures over February 2001 and July 2002. Our third period of analysis includes restrictions on provisions of certain nonaudit services and other audit related radical reforms with the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in July 2002.
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