Stock market listing status and real earnings management

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This study analyzes real earnings management among privately held versus publicly listed firms. Our first finding is that public firms engage in more earnings management through operating activities. When a clear incentive to manage earnings in a specific direction is present we continue to find that public firms manage their earnings more than private firms. We reason that capital market pressure and ownership characteristics drive our results. Additional analyses reveal that public firms employ more real earnings management as a proportion of the total earnings management strategy. Furthermore, we find that mitigating factors of real earnings management have stronger impact in public firms. This study contributes to literature on non-accrual earnings management and to the broader understanding about the private vis-à-vis public firm reporting and operating behavior. Finally, we contribute by identifying an important societal cost of stock market listing, which is the increase in potentially value-destroying real earnings management.
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftJournal of Accounting and Public Policy
Sidor (från-till)420-435
Antal sidor16
StatusPublicerad - 15.10.2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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