Investors’ Response to Revelations of Prior Uncorrected Misstatements
Thomas C. Omer
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Marjorie K. Shelley
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
June 24, 2012
Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Forthcoming
Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2012-74
This study examines investors’ response to the disclosure of prior period, waived misstatements under Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108, Considering the effects of prior year misstatements when quantifying misstatements in the current year. Misstatement correction decisions typically are not observable, and financial statement users have little insight into the disposition of identified misstatements, a dimension of audit and financial statement quality. We find that investors respond negatively to the disclosure of SAB No. 108 misstatements and this response is associated with the current-period auditor initially waiving the misstatement and client importance. Although SAB No. 108 misstatements were waived under prevailing materiality guidance, our findings suggest that investors interpret SAB No. 108 misstatements as indicating lower perceived audit quality.
Keywords: Materiality Decisions, Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108, Client Importance, Audit Quality, MisstatementsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 25, 2012 ; Last revised: August 13, 2012
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