Analyst Coverage, Earnings Management and Financial Development: An International Study
University of Lugano - Faculty of Economics; Swiss Finance Institute; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
ESSEC Business School
HEC Paris - Accounting and Management Control Department
March 31, 2012
Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Forthcoming
Using data from 21 countries, this paper analyzes the relation among analyst coverage, earnings management and financial development in an international context. We document that the effectiveness of financial analysts as monitors increases with a country’s financial development (FD). We find that in high-FD countries, increased within-firm analyst coverage results in less earnings management. Such is not the case in low-FD countries. Our results are economically significant and robust to reverse causality checks. Our findings illustrate one mechanism through which financial development mitigates the cost of monitoring firms and curbs earnings management.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: analyst coverage, earnings management, financial development, international comparison
JEL Classification: G3
Date posted: March 31, 2012
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