HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Incumbent Audit Firm Pricing: A Response to Entry of the Big Four Accounting Firms in India

Document Type

Article

Date

2015

Publication Title

Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies

ISSN or ISBN

2042-1168

Volume

5

Issue

4

First Page

382

Last Page

394

Description

Purpose

– The purpose of this paper is to explore the audit price reactions of local accounting firms to the entry of the Big Four accounting firms into the Indian audit market, providing unique insight into emerging market dynamics.

Design/methodology/approach

– Using financial data from Indian audit clients for a ten-year period from 1996 to 2005, the authors conduct a multivariate regression analysis based on extant audit fee literature.

Findings

– This study finds evidence of a price-cutting strategy on behalf of the local incumbent accounting firms in response to the entry of the Big Four firms. It also shows small-sized incumbent firms to cut prices more drastically relative to medium-sized incumbent firms.

Originality/value

– This study provides empirical insight into the pricing dynamics of professional services in an emerging market setting. Such insight is increasingly important in our evermore globalized economy where emerging markets are frequently the targets of expansion.

DOI

10.1108/JAEE-05-2013-0021

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