The Economic Determinants of Conditional Conservatism

37 Pages Posted: 12 May 2009

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Juan M. García Lara

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration

Beatriz Garcia Osma

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration

Fernando Penalva

IESE Business School - University of Navarra

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Abstract

We study the economic determinants of conditional conservatism. Consistent with prior literature, we find that contracting induces only conditional conservatism and litigation induces both conditional and unconditional conservatism. We extend prior evidence by Qiang (2007) by showing that taxation and regulation induce not only unconditional conservatism, but conditional conservatism as well. We show that in certain scenarios taxation and regulation create incentives to shift income from periods with high taxation pressure and high public scrutiny to periods with lower taxation pressure and lower public scrutiny. These income shifting strategies are implemented by recognising current economic losses that, given managerial incentives to report aggressively, would not have been recognized otherwise, or by delaying the recognition of current economic gains that would have been recognized had circumstances been different.

JEL Classification: H24, M41

Suggested Citation

García Lara, Juan Manuel and Garcia Osma, Beatriz and Penalva, Fernando, The Economic Determinants of Conditional Conservatism. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Vol. 36, Nos. 3-4, pp. 336-372, April/May 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1400369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5957.2008.02122.x

Juan Manuel García Lara

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration ( email )

Calle Madrid 126
Getafe, Madrid, Madrid 28903
Spain

Beatriz Garcia Osma

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration ( email )

Calle Madrid 126
Getafe, Madrid, Madrid 28903
Spain

Fernando Penalva (Contact Author)

IESE Business School - University of Navarra ( email )

Ave. Pearson 21
Barcelona, Barcelona 08034
Spain
932534200 (Phone)
932534343 (Fax)

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