Revisiting conditional accounting conservatism in state-controlled firms

Wilson Li*, Tina He, Andrew Marshall, Gordon Y N TANG

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the demand for conditional accounting conservatism from equity shareholders in state-controlled firms. Design/methodology/approach - This study presents empirical investigation of firms listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange from 1997 to 2013. Findings - The first finding is the extent of conditional conservatism in state-controlled firms increases when the leverage ratio decreases. It is also found that the high control rights held by the government in statecontrolled firms are associated with high conditional conservatism. In addition, further analyses document the an offsetting effect between high control rights and firm leverage; a reinforcing effect between high control rights and year of incorporation after 1992; and a substituting effect between high control rights and dividend payments. Originality/value - These findings suggest that the demand fromequity shareholders, in addition to the debt demand, can be an important determinant of conditional conservatism and examination of these differing sources of demand can enhance the understanding on accounting conservatism in state-controlled firms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-501
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Review of Accounting
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance

User-Defined Keywords

  • Conditional accounting conservatism
  • Equity demand
  • High control
  • Leverage
  • State-controlled firms


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