Audit Firm Attributes and Auditor Litigation Risk

Minjung Kang, Ho Young Lee, Vivek Mande, Yong Sang Woo

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This study examines the association between auditors' litigation risk and audit firm attributes. Using professional liability insurance premiums as a proxy for auditors' litigation risk, we present evidence that the risk is lower in audit firms having: (1) separate non-audit and audit divisions; (2) a higher proportion of partners; and (3) a higher annual growth in number of CPAs employed. Additionally, we find that the risk is higher in audit firms having: (1) operating losses; and (2) high revenue growth. Our results are consistent with the idea that audit firms' financial condition and organizational structure affect their independence/ expertise, and, in turn, their litigation risk. Our results are broadly supportive of the PCAOB's (2015) and US Department of Treasury's (2008) views that investors, audit committees, management, and other regulators could benefit from having access to financial and organizational information about audit firms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAbacus
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019 Jan 1

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Litigation risk
Auditors
Audit firms
Audit
Liability insurance
Insurance premium
Revenue growth
Organizational structure
Financial condition
Proportion
Expertise
Audit committee
Investors
PCAOB

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Kang, Minjung ; Lee, Ho Young ; Mande, Vivek ; Woo, Yong Sang. / Audit Firm Attributes and Auditor Litigation Risk. In: Abacus. 2019.
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