The determinants of perceived audit quality and auditee satisfaction in local government

Donald Samelson (Department of Accounting, Colorado State University)
Suzanne Lowensohn (Department of Accounting, Colorado State University)
Laurence E. Johnson (Department of Accounting, Colorado State University)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Publication date: 1 March 2006

Abstract

Prior research addresses relationships between audit attributes and perceptions of both audit quality and auditee satisfaction in the private sector. This study extends such research to local government audits, where audit quality has been questioned. Additionally, this study investigates the effect of auditor size on perceived audit quality and satisfaction. 302 finance directors surveyed positively associated auditor expertise, responsiveness to client, professionalism, understanding of client systems, and study of internal controls with perceived audit quality. Furthermore, auditee satisfaction was positively related to auditor expertise, responsiveness to client, audit manager involvement, understanding of client systems and study of internal controls. Big 5 firms were not associated with higher levels of perceived audit quality or auditee satisfaction, despite charging significantly higher audit fees.

Citation

Samelson, D., Lowensohn, S. and Johnson, L.E. (2006), "The determinants of perceived audit quality and auditee satisfaction in local government", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 139-166. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-18-02-2006-B001

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