• April 4th, 2016

Does formal accounting education (specifically audit education) increase professional skepticism?

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Professional skepticism is a topic of great importance to the audit profession, audit regulators, audit standard setters and others who work in the audit arena for the benefit of the public interest. The term “professional skepticism” is widely used but may mean different things to different organizations and individuals.

The main aim of this research paper is to develop additional thinking and research that contributes to the dialogue on this important topic. The paper should consider the importance of developing a shared understanding of what professional skepticism is, how it should be applied, the threats to professional skepticism and the safeguards
that may be cost effective. It further should provide some ideas and recommendations on how the application of professional skepticism might be enhanced by auditors, as well as briefly indicating how other key stakeholders can also contribute to its effective application.

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