The Effects of Audit Risk and Information Importance on Auditor Memory During Working Paper Review

43 Pages Posted: 9 May 1997

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Geoffrey B. Sprinkle

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Accounting

Richard M. Tubbs

University of Iowa - Department of Accounting

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Date Written: January 1997

Abstract

Auditors were required to review two working-paper areas (accounts) and, twenty-four hours later, recognize if information items had been present in the working papers and express how willing they would be to rely on their memory for each item (i.e., whether they would refer back to the working papers to verify the truth or falsity of each item). The results indicate that: (1) the accuracy of auditors' memories is positively related to the level of audit risk of the area and the degree of importance of an information item within the area; (2) the auditors' willingness to rely on memory is negatively related to the degree of information importance but not related to the audit risk of the area; and (3) the auditors' willingness to rely on memory is positively related to the accuracy of auditors' memories, and this positive relationship increases with the degree of information importance.

JEL Classification: M40, M48

Suggested Citation

Sprinkle, Geoffrey B. and Tubbs, Richard M., The Effects of Audit Risk and Information Importance on Auditor Memory During Working Paper Review (January 1997). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=35965 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.35965

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