The Impact of Value‐Relevant Accounting Rules on Innovative Activities

15 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2016

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Hsuan-Chu Lin

National Cheng Kung University - Accounting

Chin‐Chen Chien

National Cheng Kung University

She‐Chih Chiu

National Cheng Kung University

Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of value‐relevant accounting rules on corporate innovative activities. Using US data from 1972 to 2012, we find that value‐relevant accounting rules help innovative companies to reduce R&D funding gaps, which is conducive to companies' innovative activities and potential long‐term benefits. However, a higher risk premium is required by shareholders of innovative companies. Additionally, we find not only that R&D spending is more sensitive to future earnings variability as compared to that occurring commercial intellectual properties and physical assets, but we also find that managers contracted with long‐term compensation plans have greater incentives to engage in innovative activities when value‐relevant accounting rules set in. Overall, we provide evidence on alleviation of information asymmetry between innovative companies and their lenders when accounting information is more value relevant.

Suggested Citation

Lin, Hsuan-Chu and Chien, Chin‐Chen and Chiu, She‐Chih, The Impact of Value‐Relevant Accounting Rules on Innovative Activities (November 2016). R&D Management, Vol. 46, Issue 5, pp. 872-886, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2851217 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/radm.12143

Hsuan-Chu Lin (Contact Author)

National Cheng Kung University - Accounting ( email )

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Chin‐Chen Chien

National Cheng Kung University ( email )

No.1, University Road
Tainan
Taiwan

She‐Chih Chiu

National Cheng Kung University ( email )

No.1, University Road
Tainan
Taiwan

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