The Impact of Corporate Governance on Informative Earnings Management in the Chinese Market

Zhijun LIN, Ming LIU*, Carlos Noronha

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    This study investigates the relationship between corporate governance and informative earnings management (IEM) for Chinese listed firms. While most previous studies on earnings management adopt the opportunistic perspective, we examine earnings management from the informative perspective, treating discretionary accruals as a means for managers to signal private information to external stakeholders regarding the firm's future cash flows or potential earnings. We hypothesize that good corporate governance practices motivate firm managers to engage in informative earnings management. By developing a measurable proxy of IEM, we test the association of managerial IEM with internal corporate governance mechanisms. The empirical results support our hypotheses, indicating that corporate governance has a positive impact on the possibility of managerial IEM, and better corporate governance should contribute to improving the transparency of financial reporting and the informativeness of reported earnings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)568-609
    Number of pages42
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Accounting

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Chinese accounting
    • Corporate governance
    • Discretionary accruals
    • Earnings management
    • Informative earnings management


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