What is it about?
Auditing financial statements is a public service that is conducted by private accounting firms. We argue that this current model creates dysfunctional commercial incentives. We designed an Audit Board model that is an expert in auditing and avoids many of the independence problems. Conversations with various stakeholders refined our thinking.
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Why is it important?
Regulators and investors have concerns about audit quality. In the current model, it is hard to observe audit quality and to differentiate between functional and dysfunctional incentives. Our rethinking of the status quo supports the debate about the future of auditing in the public interest.
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This page is a summary of: Auditing in the public interest: Reforming the profession by building on the strengths of the existing accounting firms, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, May 2020, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.cpa.2020.102184.
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You cannot serve two masters
Interview with Remko Renes, an assistant professor of corporate governance at Nyenrode Business University, to discuss the future of audit in the UK and Europe.
Why we must change the auditing profession now in order to benefit society
Press release about the Audit Board model as an alternative model of auditing in the public interest.
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