Factors Affecting Auditor Choice and Auditor Change in Spanish Firms
María Antonia García Benau
Emiliano Ruiz Barbadillo
Antonio Vico Martínez
There are several factors that influence, in different ways, the decision to choose and change an auditor. Even though empirical research seeking to determine these factors has been carried out in other countries, until now there have no studies in Spain seeking to show which variables affect both decisions and with what degree of significance. This paper presents the results of an empirical analysis that brings together the assessments provided by 60 firms, responding to a questionnaire, of 41 possible factors to bear in mind when choosing and changing an auditor. The results obtained indicate, among other things, that factors such as technical characteristics of the auditing service and the public prestige of the audit firm are predominant in choosing an auditor. As regards the decision to change auditors, however, the relationship between firm and auditor is particularly influential.
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