The Role of Auditing in Investor Protection
University of Texas at Austin - Department of Accounting
Indiana University-Kelley School of Business
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Accounting
Protection of outside investors depends on the detection and punishment of resource diversion by managers and controlling shareholders. We focus on the role played in investor protection by self-interested auditors operating in a competitive audit market. In our setting, auditors represent the mechanism whereby detection of diversion occurs. We show that markets with relatively greater auditor penalties for audit failures and greater insider penalties for detected resource diversion have larger total investment levels, a higher proportion of the firm held by outsiders, higher audit effort, higher audit fees, and higher expected payoffs for both auditors and insiders.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
Keywords: investor protection, strategic auditing, insider diversion, insider
JEL Classification: C72, G32, G34, M49
Date posted: August 10, 2003
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