Journal article

The cost stickiness of information technology material weaknesses: An intertemporal comparison between it-related and other material weaknesses

Patricia Navarro, Sean WG Robb, Steve G Sutton, Martin M Weisner

International Journal of Accounting Information Systems | Elsevier | Published : 2020


The PCAOB's audit firm inspections drive audit focus and costs. The PCAOB's 2010-initiated increased emphasis on internal control audit work intensified concern over internal control weaknesses (ICW). IT-related material weaknesses (ITMW) have emerged as particularly significant with PCAOB reports (2008, 2012) highlighting on-going deficiencies in IT controls auditing and the 2015 PCAOB brief noting an on-going focus on recurring audit deficiencies. We explore how ICW affect audit fees and how alternative types of ITMW lead to varying degrees of persistence in fee premiums. Using propensity score matched samples, we find fee premiums associated with ITMW linger longer than premiums for non-I..

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