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Agency problems and audit fees: further tests of the free cash flow hypothesis

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  • Paul A. Griffin
  • David H. Lont
  • Yuan Sun

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This study finds that the agency problems of companies with high free cash flow (FCF) and low growth opportunities induce auditors of companies in the US to raise audit fees to compensate for the additional effort. We also find that high FCF companies with high growth prospects have higher audit fees. In both cases, higher debt levels moderate the increased fees, consistent with the role of debt as a monitoring mechanism. Other mechanisms to mitigate the agency costs of FCF such as dividend payout and share repurchase (not studied earlier) do not moderate the higher audit fees. Copyright (c) The Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2009 AFAANZ.

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  • Paul A. Griffin & David H. Lont & Yuan Sun, 2010. "Agency problems and audit fees: further tests of the free cash flow hypothesis," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 50(2), pages 321-350.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:acctfi:v:50:y:2010:i:2:p:321-350
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    1. Izaias Martins & Felipe Uribe & Diana Mesa, 2012. "Contribución de la orientación emprendedora a la rentabilidad de las pymes: un análisis contingente considerando la función del entorno," REVISTA ECOS DE ECONOMÍA, UNIVERSIDAD EAFIT, April.
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    3. Belghitar, Yacine & Clark, Ephraim, 2015. "Managerial risk incentives and investment related agency costs," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 191-197.
    4. Martins, Izaias & Rialp, Alex, 2013. "Orientación emprendedora, hostilidad del entorno y la rentabilidad de la Pyme: una propuesta de contingencias," Cuadernos de Gestión, Universidad del País Vasco - Instituto de Economía Aplicada a la Empresa (IEAE).

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