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Audit committee composition and the use of an industry specialist audit firm

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  • Yi Meng Chen
  • Robyn Moroney
  • Keith Houghton

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Independent, competent boards of directors and audit committees are said to be important mechanisms of corporate governance. The purpose of the present study is to empirically examine the association between audit committee composition and audit quality. Specifically, the link between the proportion of non-executive directors on an audit committee, financial qualifications of directors and the number of audit committee meetings held in a year are investigated and expected to have a positive association with the quality of the audit firm used. Audit quality is proxied by industry specialization. The results support the link between a higher proportion of non-executive directors on an audit committee and use of an industry specialist audit firm. Other measures of audit committee quality (those with a higher proportion of directors with financial qualifications and those that meet more frequently) are not significantly associated with the use of an industry specialist audit firm. Sensitivity analysis shows that the presence of an audit committee is linked to use of an industry specialist audit firm. Copyright 2005 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand..

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  • Yi Meng Chen & Robyn Moroney & Keith Houghton, 2005. "Audit committee composition and the use of an industry specialist audit firm," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 45(2), pages 217-239.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:acctfi:v:45:y:2005:i:2:p:217-239
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    3. Bremert, Michael & Voeller, Dennis & Zein, Nicole, 2007. "Interdependencies between Elements of Governance and Auditing : Evidence from Germany," Papers 07-76, Sonderforschungsbreich 504.
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    7. Mehdi Nekhili & Wafa Masmoudi & Dhikra Chebbi Nehkili, 2009. "Choix de l’auditeur externe, honoraires d’audit et gouvernance des entreprises françaises," Working Papers CREGO 1090501, Université de Bourgogne - CREGO EA7317 Centre de recherches en gestion des organisations.
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