RIEBセミナー(TJAR Workshop共催) RIEB Seminar (Jointly supported by: TJAR Workshop)

日時 2017年1月19日(木)午後4時00分から午後5時30分まで
会場 神戸大学経済経営研究所 調査室(兼松記念館1階)
対象 教員、院生、学部生、および同等の知識をお持ちの方
使用言語 英語
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報告者 Woo-Jong LEE
所属 ソウル大学校経営学部
論題 Audit Hour Elasticity to Audit Fees and Lowballing
要旨 Using a unique set of Korean data for the years 2004-2012, we examine the effect of audit hour elasticity to audit fees on lowballing and audit quality. To address this question, we infer an audit firm's flexibility in resource adjustment from a regression of changes in logged audit hours on changes in logged audit fees for all audit clients of each audit firm (i.e., audit hour elasticity). We find that audit firms on average offer fee discounting for new clients, and more importantly, audit firms with more elastic audit hours are more likely to do so. Further, we find that the effect of audit hour elasticity on lowballing is more pronounced for clients with higher expected quasi-rents. However, we find no evidence suggesting that audit quality of such auditors is compromised due to lowballing. Overall, our findings suggest that audit firms with high audit hour elasticity are able to lowball without sacrificing audit quality.