Journal article

Audit Quality for US-listed Chinese Companies

Chien Minh Dang, Neil Fargher, Gladys Lee

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDITING | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

PCAOB Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 6 raised concerns regarding the quality of audit reports on financial statements filed by issuers with substantially all of their operations outside of the US. An area of specific concern is the audit of companies with operations predominantly based in mainland China. Using a sample of Chinese companies listed in the US, we examine whether measures of audit quality are affected by the location of the auditor. We find some evidence of higher levels of discretionary accruals when a US-listed Chinese firm is audited by a small US auditor.

University of Melbourne Researchers