The Quality of Accounting Information in Politically Connected Firms
Paul K. Chaney
Vanderbilt University - Accounting
Purdue University - Krannert School of Management; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
David C. Parsley
Vanderbilt University – Finance
July 6, 2010
AFA 2010 Atlanta Meetings Paper
We document that the quality of earnings reported by politically connected firms is significantly poorer than that of similar non-connected companies. Our results are not due to firms with ex-ante poor earnings quality establishing connections more often. Instead, our results suggest that, because of a lesser need to respond to market pressures to increase the quality of information, connected companies can afford disclosing lower quality accounting information. In particular, lower quality reported earnings is associated with a higher cost of debt only for the non-politically connected firms in the sample.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 48
Keywords: Political connections, information quality, accruals quality
JEL Classification: F30, G30, G32, G34, M41, M43
Date posted: March 1, 2007 ; Last revised: November 17, 2012
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