Auditor Changes and Opinion Shopping- A Proposed Solution

This Note argues that the existing regulatory mechanism has failed to address adequately the problem of opinion shopping, and that better means of ensuring the reliability of financial statements are needed. Part I describes the nature and extent of the opinion-shopping problem, including a discussion of its larger, macroeconomic impact. Part II argues that the underlying causes of the problem are systemic and that present safeguards against opinion shopping are inadequate. Finally, Part III examines some alternative solutions and proposes a system of Accounting Issue Inquiry Centers under the direction and auspices of the SEC. These Centers would be designed to achieve more effectively the goal of truly independent public audits.