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Financial reporting quality and corporate investment efficiency: Chinese experience

Financial reporting quality and corporate investment efficiency: Chinese experience Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study the relationship between financial reporting quality and investment efficiency in China. Design/methodology/approach – By analyzing institutional background and hypotheses development, the paper selected listed firms in China to be the study samples. On the base of that, the relationship between financial reporting quality and investment efficiency of the samples were discussed. Findings – Consistent with this claim, the paper finds proxies for financial reporting quality, namely self‐constructed composite measures, are negatively associated with both under‐ and overinvestment of the listed corporations; of which the effects of accrual quality and earnings smoothness on under‐ and overinvestment are most significant. Research limitations/implications – Overall, this paper has implications for research examining the determinants of investment efficiency and the economic consequences of enhanced financial reporting. Practical implications – This paper seeks to develop Chinese economic infrastructure into an economically efficient system of public financial reporting and disclosure in order to improve accounting information's role of allocating capital. Originality/value – The conclusion of this paper might be the first empirical evidence to support prior research that financial reporting quality is positively related to investment efficiency for large, US publicly traded firms, thus the findings extend to public firms in emerging markets. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nankai Business Review International Emerald Publishing

Financial reporting quality and corporate investment efficiency: Chinese experience

Nankai Business Review International , Volume 1 (2): 17 – Jun 4, 2010

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2040-8749
DOI
10.1108/20408741011052591
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study the relationship between financial reporting quality and investment efficiency in China. Design/methodology/approach – By analyzing institutional background and hypotheses development, the paper selected listed firms in China to be the study samples. On the base of that, the relationship between financial reporting quality and investment efficiency of the samples were discussed. Findings – Consistent with this claim, the paper finds proxies for financial reporting quality, namely self‐constructed composite measures, are negatively associated with both under‐ and overinvestment of the listed corporations; of which the effects of accrual quality and earnings smoothness on under‐ and overinvestment are most significant. Research limitations/implications – Overall, this paper has implications for research examining the determinants of investment efficiency and the economic consequences of enhanced financial reporting. Practical implications – This paper seeks to develop Chinese economic infrastructure into an economically efficient system of public financial reporting and disclosure in order to improve accounting information's role of allocating capital. Originality/value – The conclusion of this paper might be the first empirical evidence to support prior research that financial reporting quality is positively related to investment efficiency for large, US publicly traded firms, thus the findings extend to public firms in emerging markets.

Journal

Nankai Business Review InternationalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 4, 2010

Keywords: Financial reporting; Corporate investments; China

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