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Non‐audit fees, long‐term auditor–client relationships and earnings management

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  • Steven Cahan
  • David Emanuel
  • David Hay
  • Norman Wong

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We examine whether auditor independence is affected by the amount spent on non‐audit services. Faster growth in non‐audit fees and longer time periods over which non‐audit services are purchased might reduce the auditor's independence from that client. Our results do not provide any support for a relationship between non‐audit fee growth rates or the length of time of the non‐audit fee relationship with the client and discretionary accruals, our measure of earnings management. We do find some evidence that the interaction of the non‐audit fee time‐period measures and client importance is positive and significantly related to discretionary accruals.

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  • Steven Cahan & David Emanuel & David Hay & Norman Wong, 2008. "Non‐audit fees, long‐term auditor–client relationships and earnings management," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 48(2), pages 181-207, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:acctfi:v:48:y:2008:i:2:p:181-207
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