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Industry-Specific Discretionary Accruals and Earnings Management

Abstract In this dissertation, I examine the source of some of the anomalous capital market outcomes that have been documented for firms with high accruals. Chapter 2 develops and implements a methodology that decomposes a firm's discretionary accruals into a firm-specific and an industry-specific component. I use this decomposition to investigate which component drives the subsequent negative returns associated with firms with high discretionary accruals. My results suggest that these abnormal returns are driven by the firm-specific component of discretionary accruals. Moreover, although industry-specific discretionary accruals do not directly contribute towards this anomaly, I find that it is precisely when industry-specific discretionary accr... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Ikram, Atif (Author) / Coles, Jeffrey (Advisor) / Hertzel, Michael (Committee member) / Tserlukevich, Yuri (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Economics, Finance / Accruals Anomaly / Discretionary Accruals / Earnings Management
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 92 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Business Administration 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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