Golshan's paper accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research

Nargess Golshan's paper titled “Does distance matter? An investigation of partners who audit distant clients and the effects on audit quality," was accepted for publication by Contemporary Accounting Research. The paper is co-authored with Nicholas Hallman (University of Texas at Austin) and Jere Francis (Maastricht University).

The paper was presented at the University of Missouri, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Technology Sydney, the 2018 International Symposium on Audit Research, the 2018 AAA Auditing Midyear Meeting, and the 2019 PCAOB Conference on Auditing and Capital Markets.

Abstract: We use hand-collected data to show that approximately half of audit partners are assigned to clients headquartered more than 100 kilometers away from the partners’ home locations. Few of these partners relocate after receiving their assignments and, as a result, more than one-third of clients are audited by partners that must commute long distances to visit the client in person. We explore this phenomenon by first modeling how distance affects partner-client matching. We find that partners’ geographic proximity to a prospective client is an important matching criterion, but also that tradeoffs are made when other partner characteristics such as industry specialization are more likely to be important. Next, we show that audit quality is lower when partners reside farther from their clients. We corroborate our primary findings by showing that the association between partner distance and audit quality is mitigated when partners have access to direct flights to their clients’ headquarters and when clients are geographically dispersed. Our paper should be informative for regulators, practicing auditors, and academics interested in how partner-client matching affects audit outcomes.