The Economic Consequences of Financial Misreporting: Evidence from Employee Perspective
Posted: 19 Mar 2021
Date Written: January 20, 2021
This study investigates the economic consequences of financial misreporting from the employee perspective. Specifically, we examine two employee reactions: (1) exiting from misreporting firms and (2) reducing holding of employer stock, in both the misreporting period and the post-restatement period. We find an increase in employee turnover and a decrease in employee holding of employer stock in the post-restatement period (restatement effect) and some evidence that employees start to react in the period of misreporting (misreporting effect). We also find some evidence that the misreporting effect varies with employee tenure in the misreporting period and the restatement effect varies with the severity of misreporting in the post-restatement period. We further show that our results are not driven by labor demand, increased likelihood of executive turnover, declining stock prices, internal control weakness disclosure, and poor firm performance.
Keywords: Financial Misreporting, Employee Responses, Employee Turnover, Employee Holding of Employer Stock
JEL Classification: M41, M55, J33, J63
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