Materiality Judgments and the Resolution of Detected Misstatements: The Role of Managers, Auditors, and Audit Committees
Marsha B. Keune
University of South Carolina
Karla M. Johnstone
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Accounting and Information Systems
March 25, 2011
The Accounting Review, Forthcoming
This study investigates how manager and auditor incentives, along with audit committee characteristics, are associated with materiality judgments about detected misstatements. Using data on detected misstatements that occurred between 2003 and 2006, we find auditors’ incentives to protect their reputations weaken the effect of managerial incentives associated with the pressure created by analyst following; auditors are less likely to allow managers to waive material misstatements as audit fees increase. Regarding audit committee characteristics, results reveal that audit committees with greater financial expertise are less likely to allow managers to waive material misstatements compared to audit committees with less expertise.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 53
Keywords: Audit Committees, Audit Fees, Error Correction, Materiality, Stock Analysts
JEL Classification: M41, M43, M49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 4, 2009 ; Last revised: February 13, 2012
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