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Auditing the auditors: Evidence on the recent reforms to the external monitoring of audit firms

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  • Lennox, Clive
  • Pittman, Jeffrey
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    This paper analyzes audit firm supervision since the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) began conducting inspections. First, we find that audit clients do not perceive that the PCAOB's inspection reports are valuable for signaling audit quality. Second, we document that the information content of peer review reports fell after they became narrower in scope with the initiation of PCAOB inspections. Third, we isolate that the signaling role of peer review reports mainly stems from information that PCAOB inspectors do not publicly disclose. Collectively, our evidence implies that less is known about audit firm quality under the new regulatory regime.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Accounting and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 49 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1-2 (February)
    Pages: 84-103

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:49:y:2010:i:1-2:p:84-103

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    Keywords: Regulation Sarbanes-Oxley act PCAOB;

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    1. Wainberg, James S. & Kida, Thomas & David Piercey, M. & Smith, James F., 2013. "The impact of anecdotal data in regulatory audit firm inspection reports," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 38(8), pages 621-636.
    2. Lamar Pierce & Michael W. Toffel, 2010. "The Role of Organizational Scope and Governance in Strengthening Private Monitoring," Harvard Business School Working Papers 11-004, Harvard Business School, revised Feb 2012.
    3. PYZIAK, Pawel & MIRONESCU, Alexandra & STEPIEN, Sebastian, 2012. "Resizing Employability Throughout Vocational Education And Training Promotion," Holistic Marketing Management Journal, Holistic Marketing Management, vol. 2(3), pages 70-76, September.
    4. Anantharaman, Divya, 2012. "Comparing self-regulation and statutory regulation: Evidence from the accounting profession," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 55-77.
    5. Tan, Fangfang & Yim, Andrew, 2010. "Deterrence Effects of Auditing Rules: An Experimental Study," MPRA Paper 27859, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. DeFond, Mark L. & Lennox, Clive S., 2011. "The effect of SOX on small auditor exits and audit quality," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 21-40, June.

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