The once and future accountant: Ethics and the future outlook of the US accounting profession

Mark W. Hale, Ryan Huston, L. Murphy Smith

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This research study examines perceptions regarding the trustworthiness and integrity of the accounting profession. Perceptions were obtained from accounting practitioners, accounting educators, and future practitioners (students). Survey results indicate that, compared to accounting practitioners and educators, students are generally more concerned about events surrounding the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and feel a stronger need for changes to enhance confidence in the capital markets. Concerning the future of the accounting profession, significant differences of opinion exist among groups. Public accountants are the most optimistic about the future, followed by students, then faculty and industry accountants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-440
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005



  • Accounting
  • Accounting regulation
  • Auditing
  • Ethics
  • Public interest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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