Attrition Bias in Studies Using CRSP/Compustat Merged Data

26 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2017 Last revised: 19 Aug 2022

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Peter D. Easton

University of Notre Dame - Department of Accountancy

Martin M. Kapons

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Business School

Peter Kelly

University of Notre Dame

Andreas Neuhierl

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School

Date Written: August 19, 2022

Abstract

Most studies of relations between stock market returns and accounting data are based on the CRSP/Compustat merged data set. Observations for firms that are delisted but remain on either the Compustat Fundamentals Annual or Quarterly files are generally excluded even though delisting returns are available on CRSP. Of course, these accounting data are readily available. We show that including these observations may change inferences; previously documented results on the pricing of cash flows and accruals change, and asymmetric timeliness of earnings recognition is greater than previously documented.

Keywords: earnings, attrition, delistings

JEL Classification: G14

Suggested Citation

Easton, Peter D. and Kapons, Martin M. and Kelly, Peter and Neuhierl, Andreas, Attrition Bias in Studies Using CRSP/Compustat Merged Data (August 19, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3040354 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3040354

Peter D. Easton

University of Notre Dame - Department of Accountancy ( email )

Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States
574-631-6096 (Phone)
574-631-5127 (Fax)

Martin M. Kapons

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Business School ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Peter Kelly (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

251 Mendoza
South Bend, IN 46637
United States

Andreas Neuhierl

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School ( email )

St. Louis, MO
United States

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