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Audit, Audit Committees And Narrative Reporting Bias


  • Babío Arcay, María Rosario
  • Suárez Fernández, Óscar
  • Vidal Lopo, Rosario


The purpose of this study is to examine the rol of auditors and audit committees in the revision of narrative information. Using the tone of financial historical information contained in the Management Commentary as a measure of its quality, we study its relationship with certain characteristics which previous research has identified as determinants of audit quality and audit committees’ effectiveness in disclosure supervision. Our results indicate the presence of bias in the report that is not corrected by auditor or committees. The only outstanding result is auditor’ effort which is related positively to neutrality on tone, while audit tenure and non audit services, although not significantly are negatively related. Neither the independence nor the meeting frequency of the audit committee show any relationship with this measure of the quality of the information.

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  • Babío Arcay, María Rosario & Suárez Fernández, Óscar & Vidal Lopo, Rosario, 2013. "Audit, Audit Committees And Narrative Reporting Bias," Revista Galega de Economía, University of Santiago de Compostela. Faculty of Economics and Business., vol. 22(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:sdo:regaec:v:22:y:2013:i:1_9

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