Corporate governance, ownership structure and managing earnings to meet critical thresholds among Chinese listed firms

Corporate governance, ownership structure and managing earnings to meet critical thresholds among... This study investigates the behaviors of Chinese listed firms in using non-operating below-the-line items to manage earnings to meet rights-issuance threshold and to avoid delisting, and whether ownership structure and certain corporate governance mechanisms are related to such earnings management behaviors. The present empirical analyses document that the likelihood of managing earnings to meet these critical regulatory thresholds is negatively related to the adoption of independent directors in the board of directors and to the percentage shareholdings of the largest shareholders and positively related to the percentage share of state ownership in China. Further investigation documents that the relationship between earnings management and the fraction of independent directors in the board could be non-linear. There is little evidence, however, that board size, percentage shareholdings of CEO, the duality of CEO and top director of the board, the quality of external auditor, or foreign ownership is related to such earnings management measure. Using the distribution approach to detect earnings management, this study supplements the extant literature on the relationship between corporate governance, ownership structure and earnings management using traditional accrual-based measures. This study offers insights to policy makers, particularly those in emerging economies, about the inducement of earnings management behaviors by government regulations and the prescription to deter earnings management behaviors by encouraging certain internal corporate governance mechanisms. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting Springer Journals

Corporate governance, ownership structure and managing earnings to meet critical thresholds among Chinese listed firms

Loading next page...
Springer US
Copyright © 2016 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Finance; Corporate Finance; Accounting/Auditing; Econometrics; Operation Research/Decision Theory
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site


You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.

DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • No expiration
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches


Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial

Best Deal — 39% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 39% off!
  • Billed annually
  • No expiration
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.



billed annually
Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial