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Texas Audit Research Symposium

SEPTEMBER 26 AND 27, 2019

Conference Details
A Thursday evening reception and dinner will be held at the University of Texas’ AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center located at 1900 University Avenue in Austin, Texas. The Symposium is on Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Special Events room on the fifth floor of Rowling Hall (RRH 5.210).

A block of 100 rooms has been reserved at the University of Texas’ AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for Thursday and Friday nights at a rate of $189/night. The hotel block is held until August 27, 2019 so please make your reservations early. Ample parking is available in the underground, attached parking garage. You are able to self-park at the University Avenue entrance. Click here for instructions to locate the hotel and garage entrance.

Please note: This conference is by invitation only.


Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception AT&T Center Courtyard (outside of the Tejas Dining Room)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner Tejas Dining Room (Level M2 of AT&T Center)


Friday, September, 27, 2019
TimeEvent and LocationPresenter
7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Coffee

Location: RRH 5.210 and adjoining terrace
8:30 - 8:40 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Location: RRH 5.210
Dean Jay Hartzell
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. How Strength of Habits Developed as Staff Influences Senior Auditors' Evaluation of Assumptions Underlying An Estimate 

Location: RRH 5.210
Tracie Majors, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
9:35 - 10:20 a.m. Do Audit Firms' Internal Inspection Programs Have Teeth? Evidence from the U.S. Operations of the Largest Audit Firms 

Location: RRH 5.210
Daniel Aobdia, Associate Professor, Northwestern University
10:20 - 10:50 a.m. Break

RRH 5.210 and adjoining terrace
10:55 - 11:40 a.m. The Impact of Managers' Risk Aversion and Loss Aversion on Audit Quality Demand 

Location: RRH 5.210
Patrick Hurley, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
11:45 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Tejas Dining Room (Level M2 of AT&T Center)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. The Spillover Effect of SEC Comment Letters through Audit Firms: Evidence from Subjective Accounting Areas 

Location: RRH 5.210
Ryan Cating, Doctoral Student, University of Arkansas
1:50 - 2:35 p.m. How the Sleeper Effect Influences Auditors' Evaluations of Audit Evidence 

Location: RRH 5.210
Jenny McCallen, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
2:35 - 3:05 p.m. Break

RRH 5.210 and adjoining terrace
3:05 - 3:55 p.m. Which Audits does the PCAOB Monitor Closely? Evidence from EDGAR Searches 

Location: RRH 5.210
K. Ramesh, Professor, Rice University
3:55 - 4:00 p.m. Closing Comments
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Optional Dinner and Pool Party Flying J’s Ranch, address available later

*Robert Rowling Hall (RRH) is located directly west of the AT&T Conference Center. Room 5.210 is on the fifth floor.