The Role Played by The Self Fulfilling Prophecy Effect in the Going Concern Evaluation Process
Andrés Guiral Contreras,
José A. Gonzalo Angulo
This paper analyzes whether auditors are affected by the so called “self-fulfilling prophecy effect” (in terms of perceptions) when evaluating clients’ going concern status. We designed a laboratory experiment to examine auditors’ attitude to both negative and positive evidence in the case of a fictitious financially distressed client. Our results show that those auditors more sensitive to the self-fulfilling prophecy effect offered a higher tendency to rely on the negative factors. On the other hand, those auditors less worried about the self-fulfilling prophecy effect showed a higher tendency to rely on the positive factors.
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