The impact of financial crisis on audit quality and audit fee stickiness: evidence from Iran

Mahdi Salehi (Department of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Farzaneh Komeili (Imamreza International University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Ali Daemi Gah (Imamreza International University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Islamic Republic of Iran)

Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting

ISSN: 1985-2517

Publication date: 24 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

There is a few studies about stickiness and changes in audit fees. In previous studies, researchers focused on fees behavior, which is expected to change in the short term, regardless of mentioning stickiness of fees and its possible changes. In this study, the authors investigate stickiness of audit fees and the influential factors, specifically audit quality and financial crisis in an emerging economy.

Design/methodology/approach

Audit quality is examined under three main criteria, namely, auditor size, auditor industry specialization and auditor tenure. The Altman adjusted bankruptcy model is used to identify firms’ financial crisis. In this study, listed companies in Tehran stock exchange market is investigated during the period of 2009-2015. Multiple regression models are used to test research hypotheses. Furthermore, Chow and Hausman tests are selected to choose among hybrid, fixed and random effects models.

Findings

The findings show no significant relationship between audit quality and audit fees stickiness. The authors also find that financial crisis has no impact on the association between audit quality and audit fees stickiness.

Originality/value

The current study almost is the first study, which conducted in emerging market of Iran. So, the results may play a helpful role for developing nations.

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Citation

Salehi, M., Komeili, F. and Daemi Gah, A. (2019), "The impact of financial crisis on audit quality and audit fee stickiness: evidence from Iran", Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 201-221. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFRA-04-2017-0025

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