Understanding the Relation between Financial Reporting Quality and Audit Quality
55 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2016 Last revised: 21 Apr 2016
Date Written: March 15, 2016
A primary goal of both financial reporting research and audit research is to understand the determinants of quality, and researchers in both areas have identified a wide set of variables that enhance or impair quality. In this paper, we define financial reporting quality and audit quality and use a person/task/environment framework to summarize prior findings on the determinants of each. We use this framework to discuss the links between the financial reporting and audit academic literatures and highlight the recursive relation between financial reporting quality and audit quality. Our discussion provides insights and suggestions on how financial reporting and audit researchers can learn from each other to improve our collective understanding of financial reporting and audit quality. Using this framework, we also identify opportunities for future research.
Keywords: Financial reporting quality, audit quality, quality proxies, quality determinants
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