A Tutorial on the Ohlson and Feltham/Ohlson Models: Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions *

A Tutorial on the Ohlson and Feltham/Ohlson Models: Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions * * Accepted by Michael Gibbins. This discussion was prepared for the 1994 Contemporary Accounting Research Conference. I thank Vic Bernard and an anonymous reviewer for helpful comments. Contemporary Accounting Research Vol. II No. 2 (Sprmg 1995) pp 749-761 ©CAAA Contemporary Accounting Research I intend to address these questions with a series of two-period (threedate) examples. In order to illustrate what the model is and and what it isn't, some examples are consistent with the Ohlson and Fettham's assumptions and others are not. Along with answering the specific questions, the cotlection of examples taken together will, hopefully, illustrate how the models achieve their principal results. The Model Denote the ex-dividend equity price at date t as P,, the dividend as rf,, the eamings as x, and the book value as j , . Denote the risk-free retum as Rj (with a rate of retum of Rf-1), which is an intertemporal constant. There are three cmcial assumptions in the Ohlson paper. The first two are as fottows: P, = %R}%(df^^) r=l and (At) Assumption (Al) is the equilibrium condition. By reference to Ohtson (1990), it actually follows from more primitive assumptions about the economy. In particular, assumption (Al) is the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Accounting Research Wiley

A Tutorial on the Ohlson and Feltham/Ohlson Models: Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions *

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Wiley
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1995 Canadian Academic Accounting Association
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0823-9150
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1911-3846
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10.1111/j.1911-3846.1995.tb00464.x
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* Accepted by Michael Gibbins. This discussion was prepared for the 1994 Contemporary Accounting Research Conference. I thank Vic Bernard and an anonymous reviewer for helpful comments. Contemporary Accounting Research Vol. II No. 2 (Sprmg 1995) pp 749-761 ©CAAA Contemporary Accounting Research I intend to address these questions with a series of two-period (threedate) examples. In order to illustrate what the model is and and what it isn't, some examples are consistent with the Ohlson and Fettham's assumptions and others are not. Along with answering the specific questions, the cotlection of examples taken together will, hopefully, illustrate how the models achieve their principal results. The Model Denote the ex-dividend equity price at date t as P,, the dividend as rf,, the eamings as x, and the book value as j , . Denote the risk-free retum as Rj (with a rate of retum of Rf-1), which is an intertemporal constant. There are three cmcial assumptions in the Ohlson paper. The first two are as fottows: P, = %R}%(df^^) r=l and (At) Assumption (Al) is the equilibrium condition. By reference to Ohtson (1990), it actually follows from more primitive assumptions about the economy. In particular, assumption (Al) is the

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Published: Mar 1, 1995

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