THE RELATION OF AUDITOR TENURE TO AUDIT QUALITY: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM THE GERMAN AUDIT MARKETDownload This Article
Patrick Krauß, Henning Zülch
This study investigates whether and how the length of an auditor-client relationship affects audit quality. Using a sample of 1,071 firm observations of large listed companies for the sample period of 2005 to 2011, the study is one of the first to empirically analyze this auditing issue for the German audit market. The empirical results demonstrate that neither short term nor long term audit firm tenure seems to be a significant factor with regard to audit quality in Germany. In the wake of the ongoing discussion in the European Union regarding the optimal audit tenure length for the quality of the conducted statutory audits, our findings do not support the idea of a mandatory audit firm rotation rule.
Keywords: Audit Tenure, Auditor Independence, Auditor Expertise, Audit Quality, German Audit Market
How to cite this paper: Krauß, P., & Zülch, H. (2013). The relation of auditor tenure to audit quality: Empirical evidence from the German audit market. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 2(1), 27-43. https://doi.org/10.22495/jgr_v2_i1_p2