Discretionary-Accruals Models and Audit Qualifications
Posted: 14 Mar 2001
The primary goal of this study is to evaluate the ability of the Cross-Sectional Jones Model and the Cross-Sectional Modified Jones Model to detect earnings management vis-a-vis their time-series counterparts by examining the association between discretionary accruals and audit qualifications. These two cross-sectional models have not been formally evaluated by prior research, and their use may offer certain advantages to investors and researchers over their time-series counterparts. A sample of 173 distinct firms with qualified audit reports and a matched-pair control sample with clean audit reports are used. Only the two cross-sectional models are consistently able to detect earnings management. One limitation of this study is that its findings merely indicate the superiority of the cross-sectional models vis-a-vis their time-series counterparts in an audit qualification setting, not validate either the former or the latter.
Keywords: Discretionary-accruals models; Earnings management; Audit qualification; Big Six auditors
JEL Classification: M41, M43, M49, D21, C21, C22
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