Title
Do (fe)male auditors impair audit quality? Evidence from going-concern opinions Do (fe)male auditors impair audit quality? Evidence from going-concern opinions
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
European accounting review
Volume/pages
25(2016) :1 , p. 7-34
ISSN
0963-8180
ISI
000373820800001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Recent research indicates that there may be a relationship between the characteristics of the audit engagement partner and audit quality. In this paper, we examine the relationship between audit quality and the presence of a female or male audit engagement partner. We use the likelihood that an auditor issues a going-concern opinion (GCO), conditional on the client's financial situation, as an indicator of audit quality. Using a sample of 7105 financially distressed, private Belgian companies, we find that female auditors are, ceteris paribus, more likely to issue GCOs than male auditors. Our results also show that this effect is stronger when clients are either important (i.e. represent a material portion of the auditor's revenues) or high-risk (i.e. associated with increased uncertainties and risks). Collectively, these results indicate higher audit quality by female auditors.
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