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Corporate compensation policies and audit fees

  • Wysocki, Peter

Recent accounting research has started to investigate the links between corporate compensation and auditor compensation. Engel et al. (2010) take a first step to connect these previously distinct literatures by investigating the association between audit committee pay and audit fees. I discuss the findings of this study and then present complementary empirical evidence on the association between CEO compensation and audit fees. My descriptive empirical evidence suggests economically large co-variation in CEO compensation and audit fees. I conclude with suggestions for future research on the links between firms' corporate compensation and auditor compensation policies.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Volume (Year): 49 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (February)
Pages: 155-160

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:49:y:2010:i:1-2:p:155-160
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