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Signing Auditors’ Foreign Experience and Debt Financing Costs: Evidence for Sustainability of Chinese Listed Companies

by Fei Hou 1, Fangnan Liao 2, Jie Liu 3,* and Hao Xiong 3
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School of Management, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
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School of Economics and Management, Xinan University, Chongqing 400715, China
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School of Accounting, Guizhou University of Finance and Economics, Guiyang 550025, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6615; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236615
Received: 15 October 2019 / Revised: 13 November 2019 / Accepted: 21 November 2019 / Published: 22 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
This study investigates whether signing auditors with foreign experience influence debt financing costs. Using a sample of Chinese listed firms for the period of 2001–2016, this study hand-collects the information of signing auditors’ foreign experience and empirically examines the relationship between signing auditors’ foreign experience and debt financing costs. The empirical results show that signing auditors’ foreign experience is significantly and negatively correlated with debt financing costs, suggesting that signing auditors’ foreign experience improves audit quality, reduces information risk and thereby lowers the cost of debt financing. Further analyses show that the negative effect of signing auditors’ foreign experience on the cost of debt financing is more pronounced in audit firms without industry expertise, suggesting that audit firm industry expertise mitigates the negative relationship between signing auditors’ foreign experience and debt financing costs. These results imply that signing auditors who have foreign experience could serve a significant role in debt financing, which would strengthen firms’ sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: signing auditors; foreign experience; audit quality; debt financing costs; industry expertise signing auditors; foreign experience; audit quality; debt financing costs; industry expertise
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Hou, F.; Liao, F.; Liu, J.; Xiong, H. Signing Auditors’ Foreign Experience and Debt Financing Costs: Evidence for Sustainability of Chinese Listed Companies. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6615.

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