The effects of management demography on auditor choice and earnings quality: Evidence from China

Tsz Wan Cheng, T. Y. Leung

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Recent management literature shows that demographic characteristics of top management and corporate performance are related. Bamber et al. (2010) conclude that managers' voluntary disclosure styles are related to demographic characteristics. Also, Francis et al. (2008) demonstrate a negative relation between CEO reputation and earnings quality. We conjecture that, management demography affects auditor choice and earnings quality. Using a sample of 3,881 firm-year observations between 2001 and 2005 in China and controlling for board governance characteristics, we find that a chairperson with better reputation (i.e., holding titles) prefers well-known auditors on the national basis, regional basis and in the industry group. Furthermore, chairpersons with titles and longer tenure report earnings of higher quality. Our results are robust using different measures of auditor choice and earnings quality. and Center for Pacific Basin Business, Economics and Finance Research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1150009
JournalReview of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


  • Auditor choice
  • board governance
  • earnings quality
  • management demography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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