Disclosing Conflict of Interest - Do Experience and Reputation Matter?

Posted: 7 Feb 2010

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Christopher Koch

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz - Gutenberg School of Economics and Management

Carsten Schmidt

University of Mannheim - Sonderforschungsbereich 504

Date Written: January 1, 2010

Abstract

In a controlled laboratory experiment, we investigate the effects of disclosing conflicts of interest on the reporting of information providers. First, we replicate the findings of Cain, Loewenstein, and Moore (2005) that such disclosure makes misreporting more likely as it removes moral concerns. Second, we observe that these effects diminish given experience and find, to the opposite, that disclosure reduces bias in auditors' reporting as predicted by economic theory. Third, we identify disclosure of conflicts of interest as a potential impediment to reputation formation.

Keywords: Auditor Independence, Auditor Fee, Reputation, Experience, Experimental Economics

JEL Classification: C91, D82, D83, G28, M42

Suggested Citation

Koch, Christopher and Schmidt, Carsten, Disclosing Conflict of Interest - Do Experience and Reputation Matter? (January 1, 2010). Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 95-107, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1548359

Christopher Koch (Contact Author)

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz - Gutenberg School of Economics and Management ( email )

Mainz
Germany
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HOME PAGE: http://https://www.cg.bwl.uni-mainz.de/

Carsten Schmidt

University of Mannheim - Sonderforschungsbereich 504 ( email )

Mannheim 68131
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.sfb504.uni-mannheim.de/~cschmidt

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