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Unformatted text preview: 7 (2) 4 TENUREi INDUSTRYi REVENUEi PUBLICi 6 3 3 PUBLICi RMMi REVENUEi 2 (3) TENUREi 4 INDUSTRYi 7 ei; ei. (4) Prior literature has looked at specific audit tests, and used the total number of tests to measure the nature of audit procedures (e.g., Mock and Wright 1999). This study uses a metric for nature that focuses on characteristics defined in SAS No. 31 (AICPA 1980) and by the Public Oversight Board’s Panel on Audit Effectiveness. When referring to the nature of audit evidence, SAS No. 31 states that evidence collected from independent sources is more reliable than information collected directly from the client. The Panel on Audit Effectiveness specifically uses the term ‘‘persuasive’’ when referring to the nature of audit evidence. We depart from prior research because we believe authoritative guidance suggests nature should reflect the independence and persuasiveness of evidence. We label our nature variable PERSUASIVENESS. We measure PERSUASIVENESS by categorizing audit procedures listed in the revenue cycle of the audit program using a three-point scale (outside evidence 3, outside/inside 2, and inside 1). ‘‘Outside’’ evidence is obtained, inspected, or observed completely independent of management. This is considered to be the most persuasive form of evidence. 12 Because client characteristics may simultaneously affect each dependent variable, the residuals from these three regressions may also be correlated, implying that Seemingly Unrelated Regression (SUR) should be utilized to improve the efficiency of the coefficient estimation. However, the SUR estimator reduces to OLS when the independent variables are identical for all equations (Amemiya 1985, 187). Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, November 2005 58 Kizirian, Mayhew, and Sneathen An example of outside evidence is a cash confirmation sent directly from a bank to the auditor. ‘‘Outside/inside’’ evidence originated from a third party outside of the influence of management but has the potential...
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