The Price Contagion Effects of Financial Reporting Fraud and Reputational Losses: Evidence from the Individual Audit Partner Level
62 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2015 Last revised: 29 Oct 2016
Date Written: October 2016
This study investigates the existence of price contagion effects for the low-quality audits of individual audit partners and the associated reputational losses in China. Low-quality partners are identified as those whose clients have been sanctioned by regulators for financial reporting fraud. Our evidence shows that sanctions induce a significant stock price decline among the contagion firms that share common low-quality partners and common low-quality audit firms; however, the decline is greater for the former. We also find that the price contagion effects of low-quality partners are more pronounced for firms located in regions with weak institutional development and less pronounced for state-owned firms. Finally, we find that low-quality audit partners suffer from reputational losses in terms of a higher likelihood of partner turnover and a reduced market share at the partner level.
Keywords: Audit partner, Audit quality, Contagion effects, Reputational loss, Market reactions
JEL Classification: M41, M42, M48
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