Agency Costs and Auditor Changes: Some Evidence in France
Comptabilité - Contrôle - Audit (Accounting, Auditing and Control), Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 5-30, 2003
Posted: 4 Nov 2005 Last revised: 5 Oct 2015
This study investigates the role of agency costs concerning auditor changes and reputation adjustments decisions in French listed companies. Theoretical precepts suggest a positive relationship between the level or evolution of agency costs and auditor reputation. Univariate and logistic analysis of 41 auditor change and 44 auditor renewal companies, between 1996 and 1998, documents that the auditor change decision itself is mainly driven by a regulatory factor (i.e. the termination of non-effective joint-auditing engagements). Elsewhere, the increase in leverage over the last six financial years is an incentive for companies to nominate more reputed statutory auditors, consistent with the hypothesis that the credibility of accounting numbers depends on agency costs generated by leverage.
Keywords: Audit quality, agency costs, financial reporting
JEL Classification: G30, G32, M41
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