Are Audits of Financial Statements Born Unequal?

Manh Dung Tran, Van Anh Doan, Thi Thuy Bui, Manh Cuong Nguyen


Audit is getting more and more importance in assuring the reliability of financial information including financial statements for all parties. Commonly, quality of an audit is viewed as probability that financial reports are free from material irregularities. In the previous literature, there is a positive relationship between size of audit firm and audit quality that has long been understood. This has resulted in many publications to gather evidence of differential audit quality relating to audit firm size. In consequence, the conclusion has been focused that bigger audit firms produce higher audit quality than smaller ones. However, the collapse of many big international audit firms, typically Arthur Andersen has reduced the statement that large audit firms have higher audit quality than small ones. Therefore, this study looks into audit quality basing on the extent of compliance with disclosure requirements pertaining to goodwill impairment of large listed firms in Hong Kong context in the second year transition to IFRS. We found that audit firm identity appears to be a substantial variation, in which compliance levels changed significantly among auditors in the context of Hong Kong.

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