International Differences in the Value-Relevance of Accounting Numbers: Timeliness, Permanence and Conservatism Under U.S. And U.K. Gaap
Posted: 20 Jan 1997
Date Written: October 1996
The empirical relationships between stock prices/returns, earnings and book value are informative about characteristics of accounting quality: conservatism in measurement of earnings and book value; earnings persistence; and earnings timeliness. In this paper we analyse the comparative accounting quality characteristics of the U.S. and U.K. GAAP regimes. We examine large panel data sets over a nineteen year period, controlling for inter- and intra-GAAP regime differences in firm size and industry membership. Our main findings are (i) U.S. earnings were less permanent; (ii) earnings were more timely in the U.K.; (iii) there is weak evidence that earnings recognition is more conservative in the U.S.
JEL Classification: M41, M44, G12
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