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Earnings management and auditor specialization in the post-sox era: An examination of the banking industry

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  • DeBoskey, David Gregory
  • Jiang, Wei

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This study examines the impact of auditor specialization on bank loan loss provisions for a large cross-section of US banks for the period 2002–2006. We find a positive relationship between earning (before provision) and loan loss provision, suggesting that bank managers use LLP to smooth earnings in the post-SOX period. However, this relationship is significantly moderated by audit industry expertise, providing strong evidence that industry specialization constrains income smoothing. In further analysis, we find some evidence that auditor specialization is more effective in reducing potentially incoming-increasing earnings management. Our results hold after controlling for self-selection bias and are robust to alternative measures of industry specialization. Overall, our findings support the conclusion that audit industry expertise plays an effective monitoring role in constraining management’s discretionary accounting choices.

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  • DeBoskey, David Gregory & Jiang, Wei, 2012. "Earnings management and auditor specialization in the post-sox era: An examination of the banking industry," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 613-623.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:36:y:2012:i:2:p:613-623
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2011.09.007
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    1. Dahl, Drew, 2013. "Bank audit practices and loan loss provisioning," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(9), pages 3577-3584.
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    3. Yuan, Rongli & Cheng, Yingli & Ye, Kangtao, 2016. "Auditor Industry Specialization and Discretionary Accruals: The Role of Client Strategy," The International Journal of Accounting, Elsevier, vol. 51(2), pages 217-239.
    4. Robert McKeown, 2017. "An Overview of the Canadian Banking System: 1996 to 2015," Working Papers 1379, Queen's University, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Auditor specialization; Auditor industry expertise; Loan loss provision; Banking industry; Income smoothing; Earnings management;

    JEL classification:

    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting
    • N22 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General

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