The effect of the auditor behaviour on the earnings management: evidence from Tunisia
by Nadàa Hachicha Elfouzi
International Journal of Critical Accounting (IJCA), Vol. 5, No. 1, 2013

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to examine the effect of auditor behaviour the year (t - 1) on earnings management the year t measured by discretionary accruals in the emerging Tunisian market. As proxies for auditor behaviour, we use the type of audit firm (Big/No-Big) and the type of audit opinion (unqualified, qualified, adverse or disclaimed). Using the Kothari et al. (2005) model to calculate discretionary accruals for 53 no-financial firms during the period 2002-2007, we found that a positive but no significant relationship between the qualified audit opinions and discretionary accruals, and a negative and significant relationship between the auditors Big Four and discretionary accruals. Overall, we found no evidence to support inferences in previous research that the firms receiving modified audit opinions are more likely to have manipulated reported earnings. On the other hand, the Big Four auditors show a significantly lower level of discretionary accruals and a greater propensity to issue modified audit reports.

Online publication date: Thu, 28-Nov-2013

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