Issue Information

Date01 October 2018
Published date01 October 2018
VOLUME 29, NUMBER 4 October 2018
5Letter From the Editor
Jim Edwards
8The Effect of Regulation and Financial Distress on BanksAuditor Fees
Wayne H. Shaw and William D. Terando
The purpose of this article is to provide a comparison of the impact on audit pricing of the
SarbanesOxley Act of 2002 to that of the 2008 financial collapse and the resulting Dodd
Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. While prior studies have
documented increased audit costs due to SOX, they have not found such increases related to the
other two events. We extend this research into the subsequent two eve nts by focusing on audit
pricing in the banking industry since that industry was most directly impacted by the financial
crisis and DoddFrank. In contrast to the prior literature based on industrial firms, we find banks
experienced significant increases in audit fees related to DoddFrank that were unexplained by
traditional control variables. Finally, we find mixed evidence of economies of scale in dealing with
the costs of implementing the legislation. While only smaller banks had a significant increase in
audit fees as a percentage of total assets for DoddFrank, larger banks experienced significantly
higher audit costs due to SOX.
20 Book-Tax Differences, Corporate Governance Effectiveness and Audit Quality:
An Interactive Effects
Rakia Riguen, Maali Kachouri and Anis Jarboui
In this article, we aim to answer the important questions of whether the corporate
governance effectiveness affects the relationship between book-tax differences (BTDs) and
audit quality. We also aim to determine whether the variability between BTDs and audit
quality is moderated by corporate governance index (CGI). The primary aim of the present
study is to contribute to improving the existence of an interaction between BTDs, audit
quality, and CGI. This study uses a sample of 28 nonfinancial listed Tunisian companies and
covers an eight-year period from 2005 to 2015. To test the hypotheses of this research, a

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