Do Individual Auditors Affect Audit Quality? Evidence from Archival Data

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2012

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TitleAmerican Accounting Association 2012 Annual Meetings
PlaceUnited States
Period4 - 8 August 2012

Abstract

We examine whether and how individual auditors affect audit outcomes using a large set of archival Chinese data. We analyze about 800 individual auditors and find that they exhibit significant variation in audit quality. The effects that individual auditors have on audit quality are both economically and statistically significant, and are pronounced in both large and small audit firms. We also find that the individual auditor effects on audit quality can be partially explained by auditor characteristics, such as educational background, Big N audit firm experience, rank in the audit firm, and political affiliation. Our findings highlight the importance of scrutinizing and understanding audit quality at the individual auditor level.

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Do Individual Auditors Affect Audit Quality? Evidence from Archival Data. / Gul, Ferdinand; Wu, Donghui; YANG, Zhifeng.

2012. Paper presented at American Accounting Association 2012 Annual Meetings, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review