Abstract Purpose – This study aims to examine whether national industry expertise in Italy is more dominant than local expertise. Prior studies from Australia, USA and UK show that audit fees for industry experts are priced at a higher premium at the local level than the national level. These countries have voluntary audit firm rotation, while Italy has mandatory audit firm rotation (MAFR). The authors predict that Italy has a stronger national than local level of industry expertise, to better retain and transfer industry expertise. Design/methodology/approach – The authors compare audit fee premiums of national industry experts to local levels, using quantitative (multivariate tests) and qualitative (interviews) methodology. Findings – Using hand-collected audit fees, the authors find that the audit fee premium for industry expertise is greater at the national level than the local level. The authors find corroborating results with audit hours. To provide further support, the authors conduct analysis for a neighboring country that does not have audit firm rotation. Using hand-collected data from Germany, the authors find that audit fee premiums from national industry expertise are no different from local industry expertise. Originality/value – The present study study has theoretical and practical implications, for European Union countries, which recently adoptedMAFR and for countries considering adoption in the future

Audit fee premium for national and local level of industry expertise in Italy / Mazza, Tatiana; Azzali, Stefano; Simonov, Andrey. - In: MANAGERIAL AUDITING JOURNAL. - ISSN 0268-6902. - (2022), pp. 1-29. [10.1108/MAJ-05-2021-3146]

Audit fee premium for national and local level of industry expertise in Italy

Tatiana Mazza;Stefano Azzali;
2022

Abstract

Abstract Purpose – This study aims to examine whether national industry expertise in Italy is more dominant than local expertise. Prior studies from Australia, USA and UK show that audit fees for industry experts are priced at a higher premium at the local level than the national level. These countries have voluntary audit firm rotation, while Italy has mandatory audit firm rotation (MAFR). The authors predict that Italy has a stronger national than local level of industry expertise, to better retain and transfer industry expertise. Design/methodology/approach – The authors compare audit fee premiums of national industry experts to local levels, using quantitative (multivariate tests) and qualitative (interviews) methodology. Findings – Using hand-collected audit fees, the authors find that the audit fee premium for industry expertise is greater at the national level than the local level. The authors find corroborating results with audit hours. To provide further support, the authors conduct analysis for a neighboring country that does not have audit firm rotation. Using hand-collected data from Germany, the authors find that audit fee premiums from national industry expertise are no different from local industry expertise. Originality/value – The present study study has theoretical and practical implications, for European Union countries, which recently adoptedMAFR and for countries considering adoption in the future
Audit fee premium for national and local level of industry expertise in Italy / Mazza, Tatiana; Azzali, Stefano; Simonov, Andrey. - In: MANAGERIAL AUDITING JOURNAL. - ISSN 0268-6902. - (2022), pp. 1-29. [10.1108/MAJ-05-2021-3146]
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