Written by Marc Oliveras

Article 6, Volume 1 Issue 1:

Audit expectation gap: fraud detection and other factors

Ramon Saladrigues and Marta Grañó

DOI: 10.26595/eamr.2014.1.1.6


Financial information is an essential element in our society and in our economic system, as it plays a decisive role in the relationship between the various social agents. Therefore, this financial information must have a high level of quality, transparency and credibility.

The expectation gap is the difference between the responsibility that auditors believe they have in developing their professional activity, and that which the users of the financial information attribute to them. Numerous analysed studies confirm that the audit expectation gap exists.

Among the profusion of possible causes, the studies coincide in highlighting fraud detection, independence, erroneous expectations, nature of the audit process and the “going concern” analysis.

Once the main factors have been presented, the article takes an in-depth look at one of these factors: the role of the auditor when fraud is detected.


  • Expectation gap
  • Audit
  • Fraud detection
  • Financial information

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