The influence of earnings management conducted through the use of accretive stock repurchases on audit fees
This study investigates whether auditor perceptions of risk are affected by accretive stock repurchases, which prior research has suggested is a form of earnings management. We argue that auditors are likely to view earnings management conducted through the use of accretive stock repurchases as a signal of increased risk, leading to higher audit fees. Consistent with our hypothesis, we find evidence of a positive and significant association between the use of accretive stock repurchases as an earnings management technique and audit fees. The results suggest that audit fees are 6.0% higher when accretive stock repurchases are used to manage earnings, which corresponds to an audit fee that is approximately $107,000 higher for the average firm-year observation in our sample.
Advances in Accounting
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Bryan, & Mason, T. W. (2016). The influence of earnings management conducted through the use of accretive stock repurchases on audit fees. Advances in Accounting, 34, 99–109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adiac.2016.08.001