A Comparative Analysis of Real and Accrual Earnings Management Around Initial Public Offerings Under Different Regulatory Environments

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Mohammad Alhadab

Al al-Bayt University

Iain Clacher

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

Kevin Keasey

University of Leeds - Division of Accounting and Finance

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Date Written: July/August 2016

Abstract

While earnings management around IPOs has been researched in a number of settings, there has been a relative absence of work that analyses the impact of the regulatory environment on such activities. We find that the regulatory environment does impact the real and accrual earnings management activities of IPO firms. Our results show that IPO firms listing on the lightly regulated UK Alternative Investment Market (AIM) have higher (lower) levels of accrual‐based and sales‐based (discretionary expenses‐based) earnings management around the IPO than firms listing on the more heavily regulated Main market in the UK.

Keywords: accounting choices, earnings management, initial public offerings, regulatory environment

Suggested Citation

Alhadab, Mohammad and Clacher, Iain and Keasey, Kevin, A Comparative Analysis of Real and Accrual Earnings Management Around Initial Public Offerings Under Different Regulatory Environments (July/August 2016). Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Vol. 43, Issue 7-8, pp. 849-871, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2845597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbfa.12201

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Iain Clacher

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS) ( email )

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Kevin Keasey

University of Leeds - Division of Accounting and Finance ( email )

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