Recent audit reforms prescribe an all-inclusive approach to materiality decisions including both qualitative and quantitative information. We examine the effect of gender, experience, rule observance attitudes and critical thinking disposition of auditors on their materiality judgements. Our results support the hypothesis that female auditors utilise more qualitative information in assessing materiality judgements compared with their male counterparts. Our findings also demonstrate that auditors with low rule observance attitudes, high critical thinking disposition and increased audit experience are likely to provide a more accurate materiality judgement compared with auditors with high rule observance attitudes, low critical thinking disposition and less experience. The results of the study have implications for policymakers to coordinate with educators to develop ways to reduce differences in judgements of auditors due to variances in critical thinking disposition, audit experience and rule observance attitudes through necessary training and education.
- audit judgement
- critical thinking disposition
- rule observance attitudes