Title

Auditor Reputation and Earnings Management: International Evidence from the Banking Industry

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

We examine the relation between auditor reputation and earnings management in banks using a sample of banks from 29 countries. In particular, we examine the implications of two aspects of auditor reputation, auditor type and auditor industry specialization, for earnings management in banks. We find that both auditor type and auditor industry specialization moderate benchmark-beating (loss-avoidance and just-meeting-or-beating prior year’s earnings) behavior in banks. In addition, we find that once auditor type and auditor industry specialization are included in the same tests, only auditor industry specialization has a significant impact on constraining benchmark-beating behavior. In separate tests related to income-increasing abnormal loan loss provisions, we find that both auditor type and auditor expertise constrain income-increasing earnings management. Again, in joint tests, only auditor industry expertise has a significant impact on constraining income-increasing earnings management.

Keywords

Auditor reputation, Auditor expertise, Earnings management, Earnings benchmarks, Loan loss provisions

Discipline

Accounting | Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Corporate Finance

Research Areas

Corporate Governance, Auditing and Risk Management

Publication

Journal of Banking and Finance

Volume

34

Issue

10

First Page

2318

Last Page

2327

ISSN

0378-4266

Identifier

10.1016/j.jbankfin.2010.02.020

Publisher

Elsevier