Financial statements reveal the company's
profitability and be used as an important indicator of the risk assessment.
Auditor industry specialists can provide better quality of financial reports
and informative disclosures. According to Lundholm and Myers (2002), we examine
whether the fact that accountants or audit firm are industry specialists will
affect the relationship between returns and future earnings. Since there exists
the special system of dual attestation in Taiwan, we divide the accountants into
lead auditors or concurring auditors to examine the above relationship.
Empirical results indicate that the higher future earnings response
coefficients are associated with the companies audited by industry specialist,
the higher number of industry specialists, the more industry experience of
industry specialists and the greater market value of company. These findings
imply that more information about future earnings are revealed. Therefore, it
improves the disclosure of company's future earnings when the accountants or
audit firms are industry specialists. In addition, we do not find the evidence
that the future earnings response coefficients in companies audited by the lead
auditor as industry specialist are higher than those in companies audited by the
concurring auditor as industry specialist and in specialist accounting firms.
JEL classification numbers: G34, M41, M42.
Keywords: Industry specialist, Dual-signature, Future earnings response