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AbstractThis study researches whether potential indicators of auditor dependence will affect the negative relationship between audit office size and audit quality in growing audit offices. I consider high market concentration and the low average number of public clients available to auditors in a city as indicators of dependency, and an auditor being a market specialist as an indicator of independency. Although the majority of my tests proved inconclusive, I do find some evidence indicating that there may be more to the growth effect than workload balancing. I provide some evidence supporting the hypothesis that the growth effect would be weaker (stronger) when there are more (fewer) potential clients in a local audit market.
Degree ProgramHonors College