Effect of International Working Experience of Individual Auditors on Audit Quality: Evidence from China
Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Forthcoming
Posted: 5 May 2017
Date Written: April 16, 2017
This paper investigates the effects of auditors with international working experience on audit quality in emerging markets. Such auditors are associated with better audit quality, a pattern that is further supported by an examination based on a propensity score matching sample that controls for endogeneity. Chief financial officers with international experience are more conservative in the client company of their auditors with international working experience. Further, reviewer partners with international working experience provide better audit quality in terms of low accruals, less below-the-line items, and less audit reporting aggressiveness, while engagement partners with international working experience require high audit fees. Moreover, financial reports signed by auditors with international working experience are associated with analyst forecast accuracy and dispersion. Our results are robust to different specifications and alternative measures. Overall, this paper highlights the importance of human capital and provides direct evidence on how auditors with international working experience use their knowledge and audit skills in emerging markets.
Keywords: Individual Auditor, Auditor Working Experience, Audit Quality, China
JEL Classification: M49, G32, G38
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