Article

Auditor analytical review judgement: A performance evaluation

Citation

Lin KZ, Fraser I & Hatherly DJ (2003) Auditor analytical review judgement: A performance evaluation. British Accounting Review, 35 (1), pp. 19-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0890-8389%2802%2900107-5

Abstract
This study provides experimental evidence on several important measures for evaluating the performance of auditor judgement in an analytical review (AR) context. The results of the study suggest that UK auditors demonstrated only moderate level of judgement performance, as measured by consensus, consistency, and self-insight. Contrary to what might be expected, the study did not find that auditors from larger firms exhibited relatively greater consensus. In order to identify experience effects the paper employs the 'expertise paradigm' [Accounting, Organizations and Society 18 (1993) 425]. Significant experience effects were identified implying that auditor judgement performance might be improved if less straightforward judgements were to be made by more senior auditors than is currently the case. The results of the study may have implications for both the cost structures and staffing policies of audit firms.

Keywords
Auditor judgement; Self-insight; Analytical review

Journal
British Accounting Review: Volume 35, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/03/2003
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/10480
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0890-8389