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Audit quality and earnings management in less developed economies: the case of Saudi Arabia

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  • Murya Habbash

    () (King Khalid University)

  • Salim Alghamdi

    () (Taif University)

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Abstract This paper aims to determine if significant associations exist between audit quality and earnings management in less developed economies, providing their various shortcomings and differences. Five different measures of audit quality (auditor size, auditor industry specialization, auditor opinion, auditor change and timeliness of auditor report) were examined based on a sample of 337 non-financial Saudi listed firms from 2006 to 2009. The absolute value of discretionary accruals is used as a proxy for earnings management by using a cross-sectional variation of the Kothari model. The results of this research indicate that only auditor opinion indicates earnings management practice. The results support the argument that auditors are powerless in front of managerial opportunistic activities. Issues that may impair audit quality in Saudi Arabia are discussed.

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  • Murya Habbash & Salim Alghamdi, 2017. "Audit quality and earnings management in less developed economies: the case of Saudi Arabia," Journal of Management & Governance, Springer;Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA), vol. 21(2), pages 351-373, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jmgtgv:v:21:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s10997-016-9347-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s10997-016-9347-3
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