Asleep At The Wheel (Again)? Bank Audits During The Lead-up To The Financial Crisis

Rajib Doogar

University of Washington, Bothell

Stephen P. Rowe

Tulane University

Padmakumar Sivadasan

Tulane University

August 6, 2013

Contemporary Accounting Research, Forthcoming

We present the first large-sample empirical evidence on U.S. auditors’ responses to changes in entity-level audit risk during 2006-2007, the period leading-up to the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Treating fiscal year 2005 engagements as a pre-crisis benchmark, we find that audit attention during fiscal year 2006 and 2007 bank audit engagements shifted in line with the shifting audit risks. One implication of these findings is that auditors were able to recognize and respond to financial statement impacts of the macroeconomic shocks that unfolded during the lead-up to the crisis. Another implication is that auditors’ failure to issue advance warnings of increasing auditee riskiness during the time leading up to the financial crisis more likely reflects limitations of extantaccounting and auditing rules rather than a lack of auditor awareness or attention to those risks.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 52

Keywords: Auditor risk responsiveness, banks, business risk, financial crisis, macroeconomic shocks

JEL Classification: D20, D24, E44, G21, L11, L15, M40, M41, M49

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Date posted: January 10, 2012 ; Last revised: August 8, 2013

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Doogar, Rajib and Rowe, Stephen P. and Sivadasan, Padmakumar, Asleep At The Wheel (Again)? Bank Audits During The Lead-up To The Financial Crisis (August 6, 2013). Contemporary Accounting Research, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1982234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1982234

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Stephen P. Rowe
Tulane University ( email )
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Padmakumar Sivadasan
Tulane University ( email )
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United States
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