Managerial Academic Experience, External Monitoring and Financial Reporting Quality
36 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020
Date Written: July/August 2019
This study examines the effect of managerial academic experience on firms’ financial reporting quality. Using data from China, we find that firms with top managers possessing academic experience exhibit lower levels of both accrual and real earnings management, along with a lower probability of future restatements. This effect is more pronounced for firms with inefficient external monitoring, suggesting that the higher financial reporting quality is mainly explained by the managers’ intrinsic motivation to report truthfully. The results hold when we use firm fixed‐effect regressions, instrumental variable two‐stage regressions, and a propensity score matching (PSM) approach to mitigate the omitted variable and endogeneity concerns. Our study suggests that academic experience can serve as a source of valuable expertise for corporate executives.
Keywords: academic experience, earnings management, expertise, external monitoring, financial reporting quality, imprinting, intrinsic motivation, top management team
JEL Classification: D83, J62, M41, M51
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