Audit Fees and Market Segmentation - Further Evidence on How Client Size Matters within the Context of Audit Fee Models

13 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2004

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Elizabeth Carson

University of New South Wales

Neil L. Fargher

Australian National University (ANU)

Dan T. Simon

University of Notre Dame - Department of Accountancy

Mark H. Taylor

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Accountancy

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the audit fee premium to the Big 6 brand in the small and large client segments of the market for audit services. We use a sample of Australian fee data for the five-year period 1995 to 1999. We find evidence of price premiums to Big 6 auditors in the small client segment. We do not find evidence of fee premiums in the large client segment. We also present evidence that audit fees are not linearly related to client size as is typically assumed in audit fee models.

Keywords: Audit fees, audit market

JEL Classification: M49

Suggested Citation

Carson, Elizabeth and Fargher, Neil L. and Simon, Daniel T. and Taylor, Mark H., Audit Fees and Market Segmentation - Further Evidence on How Client Size Matters within the Context of Audit Fee Models. International Journal of Auditing, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 79-91, March 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=518771

Elizabeth Carson (Contact Author)

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Neil L. Fargher

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

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Daniel T. Simon

University of Notre Dame - Department of Accountancy ( email )

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Mark H. Taylor

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