Auditor awareness of earnings management
This study examines whether auditor reporting in Greece is associated with different levels of discretionary accruals – a common proxy for earnings management. We focus our research on 91 cases of quoted companies on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE). These are listed companies that were asked in year 2003 by the Athens Stock Exchange Board to quantify the effects of the qualifications made by their external auditors and post them in the ASE website. Those auditors' reports were referred to published financial statements of the year 2002. By employing some variations of the traditional Jones-discretionary accrual model, we document that several major Greek companies in financial distress with qualified audit opinions do appear to manipulate their reported earnings by exploiting the weaknesses of the Greek GAAP.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Volume (Year): 5 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=41|
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ids:ijaape:v:5:y:2008:i:1:p:50-65. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Darren Simpson)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.