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David N. Ricchiute

Deloitte Professor


Dave Ricchiute, Deloitte Professor of Accountancy, teaches courses in auditing & assurance services and studies professional judgment & decision making. Research appears in the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Accounting Organizations & Society, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, among others. Formerly on the audit staff of Price Waterhouse (now PwC) and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he has served as Director of Research of the Audit Section of the AAA, on the editorial boards of accounting and auditing journals, and on committees of the AAA and the AICPA. Ricchiute has been engaged by public companies and by public accounting firms to testify or consult in proceedings brought in federal and state court and before the American Arbitration Association and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. University of Notre Dame teaching awards include: Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, Mendoza College of Business (three times) and M.S. in Accountancy Outstanding Teacher of the Year (twice).




  • Advanced Assurance Services
  • Academic Research in Accounting


"Evidence Complexity and Information Search in the Decision to Restate Prior-Period Financial Statements,"  Journal of Accounting Research, 48, June, 2010, 687-724.

"Effects of an Attorney's Line of Argument on Accountants' Expert Witness Testimony,"  The Accounting Review, 79, 2004, 221-245.

"The Effect of Audit Seniors' Decisions on Working Paper Documentation and on Partners' Decisions,"  Accounting, Organizations & Society, 24, 1999, 155-171.

"Evidence, Memory, and Causal Order in a Complex Audit Decision Task,"  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 1998, 3-15.

"Effects of Judgment on Memory: Experiments in Recognition Bias and Process Dissociation in a Professional Judgment Task,"  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 1997.

"Audit Effort, Audit Fees, and the Provision of Nonaudit Services to Audit Clients," (with L. Davis, G. Trompeter),  The Accounting Review, 68, 1993, 135-150.

"Working Paper Order Effects and Auditors' Going Concern Decisions,"  The Accounting Review, 67, 1992, 46-58.

"Presentation Mode, Task Importance, and Cue Order in Experimental Research on Expert Judges ,"  Journal of Applied Psychology, 70, 1985, 367-373.

"An Empirical Assessment of the Impact of Alternative Presentation Modes on Decision-Making Research in Auditing,"  Journal of Accounting Research, 22, 1984, 341-350.

"Ambiguity Intolerance and Financial Reporting Alternatives," (with A. Faircloth, ),  Accounting, Organizations & Society, 6, 1981, 53-67.

"Standard Setting and the Entity-Propriety Debate,"  Accounting, Organizations & Society, 4, 1979, 67-76.


Auditing & Assurance Services, Cincinnati: South-Western Publishing, 1st ed. (1982) through 8th ed. (2006) ().