Graduation Year

2019

Date of Submission

12-2018

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics-Accounting

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Andrew Finley

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Abstract

This study examines the differences in the provision of non-audit services (NAS) for audit offices that receive SEC Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Releases (AAERs). While prior research examines the links between the provision of non-audit services and impaired auditor independence, less attention has been paid to the contagion effects of independence violations. However, I do not find any evidence of a significant difference in the amount of NAS provided by offices that receive an independence-related AAER, relative to offices that receive other auditor-related AAERs. Broadly, my findings suggest that clients do not differentiate between independence violations and other audit-related violations and that no contagion effect exists for independence violations.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.

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