Publication Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

10-2015

Abstract

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

Discipline

Corporate Finance | Finance and Financial Management

First Page

115

Last Page

61

Identifier

10.2139/ssrn.2679310

Publisher

SSRN

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2679310

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