The value of audit qualifications in China

Robert Czernkowski (School of Accounting, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Wendy Green (UNSW School of Accounting, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
Yi Wang (Commonwealth Government, Canberra, Australia)

Managerial Auditing Journal

ISSN: 0268-6902

Publication date: 25 May 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine whether audit opinions matter in China after the introduction of several key regulatory changes, specifically aimed at strengthening the confidence of investors in the audit function.

Design/methodology/approach

The question is addressed by examining the market response to modified audit opinions of companies listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Findings

In contrast to earlier research, this paper does not find evidence that modified audit opinions have significant information value to Chinese investors, despite the regulatory changes. However, when partitioning the sample by year, there is weak evidence of a stock price response to modified audit opinions in 2003. Examination of the impact of different types of audit opinions shows no consistent results.

Research limitations/implications

The results reported in this paper must be considered in light of the limitations inherent in empirical analyses. That is, the relationships identified in this paper are indicative of potential earnings management or audit opinion shopping, however, the paper cannot provide the actual reasons for these empirical results.

Practical implications

The results suggest the Chinese market is beginning to value audit opinions in the same fashion way as more developed markets.

Originality/value

The paper refines market reaction models used in earlier studies through the introduction of additional explanatory variables, together with an improved methodology.

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Citation

Czernkowski, R., Green, W. and Wang, Y. (2010), "The value of audit qualifications in China", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 404-426. https://doi.org/10.1108/02686901011041812

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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