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Does accounting conservatism improve the corporate information environment?

Hu, J., Li, A.Y. and Zhang, F.F. (2014) Does accounting conservatism improve the corporate information environment? Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, 23 (1). pp. 32-43.

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This study investigates whether and how accounting conservatism improves the corporate information environment. We argue that conservatism facilitates the flow of firm-specific information from corporate insiders to outsiders and leads to a high-quality information environment. Using the Basu (1997) model to capture the extent of accounting conservatism and firm-specific return variation to proxy for the quality of information environment, we find that conservatism is positively associated with the improvement of the corporate information environment in our sample of 43 countries. We also find that the information role of conservatism is more pronounced in countries with weaker protection of private property rights, suggesting that conservatism substitutes for legal institutions in ensuring the quality of information environment.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: Elsevier
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