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The pricing of audit services: evidence from Kuwait

Meshari O. Al‐Harshani (Department of Accounting, College of Business Administration, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait)

Managerial Auditing Journal

ISSN: 0268-6902

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The main objective of this study is to investigate factors influencing the amount of external audit fees in Kuwait. Of particular interest is the examination of the potential effect of the client size, client complexity, client risk, and the size of the audit firm on external audit fees.

Design/methodology/approach

An audit fee model is used to examine the effect of audit client size, client complexity, client risk, and the size of the audit firm on the amount of audit fees for a sample of audit engagements performed in the Kuwaiti audit market.

Findings

The study's results indicate that the amount of external audit fees is significantly influenced by the audit client size, liquidity ratio, and profitability ratio. The results, however, do not provide evidence of a significant relation between audit fees and the number of audit locations, or the size of the audit firm.

Originality/value

This study is original since it is the first to empirically investigate factors influencing the pricing of audit services in Kuwait.

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Citation

Al‐Harshani, M.O. (2008), "The pricing of audit services: evidence from Kuwait", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 23 No. 7, pp. 685-696. https://doi.org/10.1108/02686900810890643

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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