Publication
Title
Rules rather than discretion in audit standards: going-concern opinions in Belgium
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Abstract
We study going-concern (GC) reporting in Belgium to examine the effects associated with a shift toward rules-based audit standards. Beginning in 2000, a major revision in Belgian GC audit standards took effect. Among its changes, auditors must ascertain whether their clients are in compliance with two ''financial-juridical criteria'' for board of directors' GC disclosures. In a study of a sample of private Belgian companies, we report two major findings. First, there is a decrease in auditor Type II errors, particularly by non-Big 6/5 auditors for their clients that fail both criteria. Second, there is an increase in Type I errors, again particularly for companies that fail both criteria. We also conduct an ex post analysis of the decrease in Type II errors and the increase in Type I errors. Our findings suggest the standard engenders both favorable and unfavorable effects, the net of which depends on the priorities assigned to the affected parties (creditors, auditors, companies, and employees).
Language
English
Source (journal)
The accounting review. - Menasha, Wis.
Publication
Menasha, Wis. : 2009
ISSN
0001-4826
Volume/pages
84:5(2009), p. 1395-1428
ISI
000270298300003
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