Chair or Co-Chair
Dr. John L. Abernathy
Committee Member or Co-Chair
Dr. Dennis Chambers
Dr. Marcus Caylor
IMPACT OF REGULATORY INTERVENTIONS AND TRANSITIONS ON BROKER-DEALER AUDIT QUALITY
Darlene A. Adkins
The purpose of this study is to examine the audit quality of public U.S. broker-dealer (BD) entities after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act). Specifically, this study investigates whether there are associations between BD regulatory efforts to protect capital market investors and auditor decision-making during BD audit engagements that occurred between fiscal years 2011 and 2018. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) BD audit inspection reports and the enforcement actions lodged against entities provide support for legislators’ and regulators’ concern over BD audit quality following the 2008 financial crisis. This study examines whether BD auditors respond to publicly traded BD audit client oversight by assessing whether there is an association between BD audit quality and both regulatory enforcement actions and increased state-level regulatory presence. In addition, I assess whether audit quality improved following the transfer of BD audit standard-setting responsibility from the accounting industry to the PCAOB.
Adkins, Darlene, "Impact of Regulatory Interventions and Transitions on Broker-Dealer Audit Quality" (2021). PhD in Business Administration Dissertations. 16.
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