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By Benito Arrunada

This booklet makes a speciality of industry mechanisms which safeguard caliber within the provision of audit providers. The function of public legislation is hence positioned within the context defmed by means of the presence of those protect mechanisms. The publication goals to give a contribution to a greater realizing of those industry mechanisms, which is helping in defining the con­ tent of principles and the functionality of regulatory our bodies in facilitating and strengthening the protecting operation of the industry. An research at a extra basic point is supplied within the 3 chapters making up half 1. within the 4 chapters of half 2, nonetheless, this research is utilized to a specific challenge to figure out how these non-audit prone frequently supplied via auditors to their audit consumers could be regulated. ultimately, bankruptcy eight includes a precis of the research and conclusions of the paintings. the belief in regards to non-audit prone is that their provision generates worthy results when it comes to expenditures, technical competence, specialist judgment and festival and, additionally, don't need to prejudice auditor independence or the standard of those prone. This as­ sessment leads, within the normative sphere, to recommending a legislative coverage geared toward facilitating the improvement and use of safeguards supplied by way of the unfastened motion of marketplace forces. law should still therefore objective to let the parties-audit businesses, self-regulatory our bodies and audit clients-to notice via aggressive industry interplay either the best mixture of companies and the corresponding caliber safeguards, adjusting for the prices and advantages of every possibility.

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I A large part of the debate on auditing has centered around independence, perhaps because it is "difficult to prove and easy to challenge" (Mednick, 1990, p. 86). It is thus understandable that defining independence has also attracted considerable attention in both the academic literature and works of professional associations and legislators. See, for example, Mautz and Sharaf (1961), Nichols and Price (1976), Rittenberg (1977) and, for a more formal treatment, Antle (1984). 2 To the Federation of European Accountancy Experts (known as FEE, the Federation des Experts Camptables Europeens), independence includes "independence of mind", understood as "the state of 43 44 The economics of audit quality The difference between "objectivity" and "independence" should also be emphasized: objectivity is an attribute which relates to results whilst independence takes the form of a prior condition.

Both practices are forbidden in Japan. 2 Quasi-rents as a result of barriers to entry Regulation can also place producers in a position of receiving quasi-rents by imposing restrictions on entry into the market. Such a restriction, accompanied by selection of entrants based on potential technical competence, has in fact been the formula traditionally used to guarantee a minimum level of quality in all types of professional services, often under a system of self-regulation by the profession itself, both explicitly and implicitly.

562, n. 4). 3 of this Chapter. J3 This refers to a possible policy of generalized discounting for all clients for the time it takes to establish a reputation, and not to the common practice of discounting the price only for new clients ("Iowballing"). Evidence on cross-sectional variation in the pricing of initial audits in Australia is consistent with the discount playing an introductory function for a product attribute whose quality is known only through experience. There, lowballing is observed only when the client upgrades its audit, starting to be audited by one of the big firms (Craswell, Francis and Sneddon, 1997).

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