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Earnings management and abnormal returns: Evidence from the 1970–1972 Price Control Regulations

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We examine the association between abnormal returns and earnings management in the context of price control regulations to test the construct validity of the earnings management model. Abnormal returns are used as a market–based measure, and discretionary accruals are employed to measure earnings management. Our results support the hypotheses that (1) price control regulations affect firms’ security prices negatively, (2) firms make income–decreasing discretionary accruals to increase the likelihood of price increase approval, and (3) firms that are affected most negatively by the regulations manage earnings more aggressively. We conclude that the earnings management model we use in this study is capable of predicting opportunistic discretionary accruals.

Keywords: discretionary accruals; earnings management; price control; regulation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Auckland, New Zealand

Publication date: March 1, 2003


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