S-Space College of Business Administration/Business School (경영대학/대학원) Dept. of Business Administration (경영학과) Seoul Journal of Business Seoul Journal of Business Volume 18, Number 1/2 (2012)
Honesty and Intermediation: Corporate Cheating, Auditor Involvement and the Implications for Takeoff
- GUHA, BRISHTI
- Issue Date
- Seoul Journal of Business, Vol.18 No.2, pp. 55-93
- Corporate governance; auditing; disclosure; inequality and takeoff; general equilibrium; repeated games
- We examine honesty and credible auditing in rm-investor relations in a repeated game of imperfect information, embedded in a general equilibrium framework. Informed auditors enhance credibility over a range of audit fees – despite the auditors incentive to collude – provided the probability of detection is imperfectly correlated across clients. Auditing can enhance growth especially for a relatively egalitarian distribution of wealth. We show that audit fees must be neither too high nor too low to enhance client credibility, highlight the role of mandatory audit
fee disclosure, interpret international differences in shareholding patterns and uncover a possible rationale for audit industry concentration.