The Moderating Effect of Leverage on the Relationship between Corporate Size and Audit Fees: Evidence from Jordanian Manufacturing Companies
Author(s): Ahmad Dahiyat, Ahmad Bawaneh
Abstract: The study aimed to examine the moderating role of leverage on the relationship between the size of listed Jordanian manufacturing companies and the audit fees over the period 2016-2020. The study extracted the measures of variables from the annual report of manufacturing companies available on the Amman exchange website, it employs debt ratio to measure leverage, while issued capital and total assets were used to measure the size of the company, several statistics methods such as correlation and multiple linear regression and hierarchical regression were used to analyze the data and test the relations. The results show a statistically significant impact of the size of the manufacturing company measured by capital and total assets on audit fees, furthermore, the leverage variable has modified and increase statistically the positive relationship between the size of the company and audit fees.