Asymmetry in earnings timeliness and persistence: a simultaneous equations approach

Asymmetry in earnings timeliness and persistence: a simultaneous equations approach This study addresses simultaneity bias in piecewise linear forms of the earnings-return relation. We specify an overidentified system of simultaneous equations that incorporates both asymmetric earnings timeliness and asymmetric earnings persistence specifications and implement two-stage least squares for this piecewise linear system. Estimation of a system that is piecewise linear in endogenous variables presents several issues that are unprecedented in the accounting literature. Findings provide evidence that the asymmetric timeliness specification is particularly affected by simultaneity and that failing to correct for simultaneity results in coefficient estimates that potentially understate the degree of asymmetric earnings timeliness. Moreover, inferences regarding how conditional conservatism has evolved over time are sensitive to whether OLS or 2SLS coefficients are used as the basis of comparison. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Accounting Studies Springer Journals

Asymmetry in earnings timeliness and persistence: a simultaneous equations approach

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 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/s11142-011-9174-3
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Abstract

This study addresses simultaneity bias in piecewise linear forms of the earnings-return relation. We specify an overidentified system of simultaneous equations that incorporates both asymmetric earnings timeliness and asymmetric earnings persistence specifications and implement two-stage least squares for this piecewise linear system. Estimation of a system that is piecewise linear in endogenous variables presents several issues that are unprecedented in the accounting literature. Findings provide evidence that the asymmetric timeliness specification is particularly affected by simultaneity and that failing to correct for simultaneity results in coefficient estimates that potentially understate the degree of asymmetric earnings timeliness. Moreover, inferences regarding how conditional conservatism has evolved over time are sensitive to whether OLS or 2SLS coefficients are used as the basis of comparison.

Journal

Review of Accounting StudiesSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 30, 2011

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