Auditing Section Research Summaries Space

A Database of Auditing Research - Building Bridges with Practice

This is a public Custom Hive  public

Posts

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    The Effect of National Culture on Auditor-in-Charge...
    research summary posted April 19, 2017 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    The Effect of National Culture on Auditor-in-Charge Involvement
    Practical Implications:

    The results of this study may help researchers, practitioners, and others to develop a more nuanced approach toward the information value of auditor-in-charge involvement as potentially indicating audit quality. This would be a very timely contribution for audit firms given their desire to globalize their approach to and procedures followed during audits. Specifically, the results indicate that, while the extent of auditor-in-charge involvement may serve as a relevant audit quality indicator, culture needs to be taken into account; consequently, different thresholds may need to be considered for different regions in the world, as opposed to one global standardization.

    Citation:

    Bik, O. and R. Hooghiemstra. 2017. The Effect of National Culture on Auditor-in-Charge Involvement. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory 36 (1): 1 – 19. 

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Understanding Audit Quality: Insights from Audit...
    research summary posted February 16, 2017 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.07 Attempts to Measure Audit Quality, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    Understanding Audit Quality: Insights from Audit Professionals and Investors
    Practical Implications:

    This study provides evidence that should help inform the public discussion of audit quality in the post-Sarbanes-Oxley era and adds empirical substance to theoretical frameworks of audit quality.  

    Citation:

    Christensen, B. E., S. M. Glover, T. C. Omer, and M. K. Shelley. 2016. Understanding Audit Quality: Insights from Audit Professionals and Investors. Contemporary Accounting Research 33 (4): 1648 – 1684. 

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Understanding the Relation between Financial Reporting...
    research summary posted January 17, 2017 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.07 Attempts to Measure Audit Quality, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    Understanding the Relation between Financial Reporting Quality and Audit Quality
    Practical Implications:

    These findings imply that recognizing the relation between financial reporting quality and audit quality and the observability of differing outcomes can provide greater insight into the interpretation of research findings. They also suggest that greater consideration of how changing and differing economic situations affect financial reporting and audit outcomes will provide deeper insight into the determinants and consequences of both audit quality and financial reporting quality. Finally, recognizing and controlling for the potential endogeneity can lead to greater insights into both financial reporting quality and audit quality. The authors also provide a framework for identifying potential areas for future research. 

    Citation:

    Gaynor, L. M., A. S. Keaton, M. Mercer and T. L. Yohn. 2016. Understanding the Relation between Financial Reporting Quality and Audit Quality. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory 35 (4): 1 – 22. 

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Investors' Perceptions of Audit Quality: Effects of...
    research summary posted October 16, 2015 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    Investors' Perceptions of Audit Quality: Effects of Regulatory Change.
    Practical Implications:

    The results from this study should also be of interest to regulators and legislators around the world who continue to debate the potential costs and benefits of auditor liability reform. Implications of these findings are threefold. First, contrary to regulators’ intent that AS5 would improve efficiency without sacrificing effectiveness of the audit of internal controls, investors appear to believe the new standard will achieve the improved efficiency by sacrificing audit quality. Second, investors appear to believe that economic incentives to reduce audit quality outweigh auditors’ reputation concerns following auditor liability reform. Third, individuals are likely to reduce their equity investments if shareholder recourse is further limited by additional liability reform.

    Citation:

    Smith, J. L. 2012. Investors' Perceptions of Audit Quality: Effects of Regulatory Change. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory 31 (1): 17-38.

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Do Big 4 Auditors Provide Higher Audit Quality after...
    research summary posted September 17, 2015 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.07 Attempts to Measure Audit Quality, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality, 11.11 Impact of Firm and External Inspection Programs 
    Title:
    Do Big 4 Auditors Provide Higher Audit Quality after Controlling for the Endogenous Choice of Auditor?
    Practical Implications:

    The evidence presented in this paper is of interest to managers, audit committees, investors, creditors, and regulators. Managers and audit committees would like to know whether the Big 4 actually do provide higher quality audits. This information will help them choose an auditor. Given that Big 4 auditors earn a fee premium, managers and audit committees must decide whether the services they receive from the auditor are worth the premium. Investors and creditors will also be interested in the results, as this will help them assess the credibility of firms’ financial reports. Regulators are also interested in whether the Big 4 accounting firms actually provide higher quality audits.

    Citation:

    Eshleman, J. D., and G. Peng. 2014. Do Big 4 Auditors Provide Higher Audit Quality after Controlling for the Endogenous Choice of Auditor? Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory 33 (4): 197-219.

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Audit Firm Tenure, Non-Audit Services, and Internal...
    research summary posted September 15, 2015 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 04.0 Independence and Ethics, 04.03 Non-Audit Services, 04.07 Audit Firm Rotation, 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    Audit Firm Tenure, Non-Audit Services, and Internal Assessments of Audit Quality.
    Practical Implications:

    In first-year audits, lower audit process quality and higher total audit hours are possible additional costs that should be considered in the ongoing debate on mandatory audit firm rotation. Moreover, study results are consistent with the notion thateven prior to the effective date of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)market and related regulatory forces disciplined auditors of public entities to achieve a high level of audit quality when tenure was long or fees from auditor-provided non-audit services were large. In order to serve the public interest, these considerations should be included in assessments of the economic costs and benefits of restrictions on audit firm tenure and non-audit services.

    Furthermore, the results suggest that, in the private-client market, audit process quality declines in the long tenure range and when non-audit fees become large, which may be of interest to standard setters in the private sector (e.g., the Auditing Standards Board and US State Boards of Accountancy).

    Citation:

    Bell, T.B., M. Causholli, and W.R. Knechel. 2015. Audit Firm Tenure, Non-Audit Services, and Internal Assessments of Audit Quality. Journal of Accounting Research 53(3):461-509.

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Audit quality: Insights from the academic literature
    research summary posted March 11, 2015 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    Audit quality: Insights from the academic literature
    Practical Implications:

    This study provides a framework for synthesizing and understanding research related to audit quality by adopting a much broader perspective by including archival, behavioral, experimental, and survey method research, as well as including international research. This study should be useful to academic researchers, practitioners, regulators, investors, and others who are interested in understanding audit quality.

    For more information on this study, please contact Robert Knechel.

    Citation:

    Knechel, W. R., G. V. Krishnan, M. Pevzner, L. B. Shefchik, and U. K. Velury. 2013. Audit quality: Insights from the academic literature. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory 32(sp1): 385-421.

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Auditor-provided nonaudit services and audit effectiveness...
    research summary posted March 10, 2015 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 01.0 Standard Setting, 01.05 Impact of SOX, 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    Auditor-provided nonaudit services and audit effectiveness and efficiency: Evidence from pre-and post-SOX audit report lags
    Practical Implications:

    The results of this study have important implications for regulators, the accounting profession, and clients concerned with the escalating costs of the audit:

    • This study extends prior empirical evidence by showing that the joint provision of audit and nonaudit services does not reduce audit quality even when audit lags are shorter due to potential knowledge spillover
    • It also suggests that audit efficiencies may flow from the joint provision of audit and nonaudit services. The loss of potential synergies between audit and nonaudit services following the SOX ban on most auditor-provided nonaudit services will impose a greater cost burden on firms and may lead to lower audit quality.
    • The significance of audit lag as a determinant of reporting timelines is even more important in an era of accelerated SEC filing.

    For more information on this study, please contact Robert Knechel.

    Citation:

    Knechel, W. R., and D. S. Sharma. 2012. Auditor-provided nonaudit services and audit effectiveness and efficiency: Evidence from pre-and post-SOX audit report lags. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory 31(4): 85-114.

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Market Reaction to Auditor Switching from Big 4 to...
    research summary posted November 10, 2014 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 03.0 Auditor Selection and Auditor Changes, 03.01 Auditor Qualifications, 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.04 Industry Experience, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    Market Reaction to Auditor Switching from Big 4 to Third-Tier Small Accounting Firms
    Practical Implications:
    • Our results suggest that the market has confidence in companies choosing third-tier audit firms to enhance the economic benefit in terms of better audit services.
    • The results confirm the regulator’s encouragement of selecting smaller audit firms to improve competition, and the results will ease the reluctance that companies have in choosing a smaller audit firm.
    • The results confirm that the market viewed the regulatory changes in 2004 as an improvement to audit quality of the small audit firms, which included SOX 404 audits of internal controls over financial reporting, PCAOB inspections of audit firms, and a shorter filing deadline for Form 8-K.

    For more information on this study, please contact Kenneth J. Reichelt.

    Citation:

    Chang, H, C. S. A. Cheng, and K. J. Reichelt. 2010. Market reaction to auditor switching from big 4 to third-tier small accounting firms. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory 29 (2): 83-114.

  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Fee Pressure and Audit Quality
    research summary posted November 10, 2014 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 10.0 Engagement Management, 10.06 Audit Fees and Fee Negotiations, 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.08 Proxies for Audit Quality 
    Title:
    Fee Pressure and Audit Quality
    Practical Implications:

    The results of this study are important evidence that a large proportion of audit engagements during the Recession were characterized by positive fee pressure, and that fee pressure was associated with lower audit quality during the Recession. The results suggest that auditors who experienced fee pressure from clients during the Recession were not able to maintain or increase audit effort in line with client risks due to pressure on fees. These results should be of interest to the PCAOB who expressed concern that audit fee pressure may have had negative effects on audit quality during the Recession.

     

    For more information on this study, please contact Mike Ettredge.  

    Citation:

    Ettredge, M., E. E. Fuerherm, and C. Li. 2014. Fee pressure and audit quality. Accounting, Organizations and Society 39 (4):247-263

Filter by Type

Filter by Tag