Another look at GAAP versus the Street: an empirical assessment of measurement error bias

Another look at GAAP versus the Street: an empirical assessment of measurement error bias Bradshaw and Sloan (2002, Journal of Accounting Research, 40, 41–66.) document a significant increase in the difference between the earnings response coefficients (ERCs) for GAAP and Street (I/B/E/S) earnings over the 1990s, suggesting that the market has become increasingly reliant or fixated on Street earnings. In this study we investigate whether, alternatively, an “errors in variables” problem caused by a mismatch between the definitions of realized and expected earnings drives the ERC divergence. Our findings suggest that results from conventional analyses of GAAP and Street ERCs, including the ERC divergence pattern, are significantly contaminated by measurement errors in earnings surprises. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Accounting Studies Springer Journals

Another look at GAAP versus the Street: an empirical assessment of measurement error bias

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
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Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Business and Management; Accounting/Auditing; Corporate Finance; Public Finance
ISSN
1380-6653
eISSN
1573-7136
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11142-007-9029-0
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Abstract

Bradshaw and Sloan (2002, Journal of Accounting Research, 40, 41–66.) document a significant increase in the difference between the earnings response coefficients (ERCs) for GAAP and Street (I/B/E/S) earnings over the 1990s, suggesting that the market has become increasingly reliant or fixated on Street earnings. In this study we investigate whether, alternatively, an “errors in variables” problem caused by a mismatch between the definitions of realized and expected earnings drives the ERC divergence. Our findings suggest that results from conventional analyses of GAAP and Street ERCs, including the ERC divergence pattern, are significantly contaminated by measurement errors in earnings surprises.

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Review of Accounting StudiesSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 23, 2007

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