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Audit partner tenure and cost of equity capital


Azizkhani, M and Monroe, GS and Shailer, G, Audit partner tenure and cost of equity capital, Auditing, 32, (1) pp. 183-202. ISSN 0278-0380 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2018 American Accounting Association.

DOI: doi:10.2308/ajpt-50308


We examine whether audit engagement partner tenure and rotation affect investors' perceptions, as proxied by the ex ante cost of equity capital. We find that partner tenure has a nonlinear relation with the ex ante cost of equity capital for non-Big 4 audit engagements prior to the introduction of partner rotation requirements, and that the imputed gains from partner tenure appear similar to the imputed gains of having a Big 4 auditor. Consistent with the tenure results, we also find that partner rotation is associated with increased ex ante cost of equity capital. Our results are very robust to a variety of sensitivity tests and raise important questions for future research. It is not known to what extent investors or analysts are aware of the audit partner's identity or pay attention to audit partner tenure; if investors or analysts do not consider partner tenure, future research may identify omitted variables that have the same nonlinear relationship with the ex ante cost of capital that we observe for non-Big 4 audit partner tenure.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:audit partner tenure, audit partner rotation, financial reporting credibility, cost of capital
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Property, business support services and trade
Objective Field:Administration and business support services
UTAS Author:Azizkhani, M (Dr Masoud Azizkhani)
ID Code:128078
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-08-31
Last Modified:2018-10-15

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