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Is accruals quality a priced risk factor?

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  • Core, John E.
  • Guay, Wayne R.
  • Verdi, Rodrigo
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    In a recent and influential empirical paper, Francis, LaFond, Olsson, and Schipper (FLOS) [2005. The market pricing of accruals quality. Journal of Accounting and Economics 39, 295-327] conclude that accruals quality (AQ) is a priced risk factor. We explain that FLOS' regressions examining a contemporaneous relation between excess returns and factor returns do not test the hypothesis that AQ is a priced risk factor. We conduct appropriate asset-pricing tests for determining whether a potential risk factor explains expected returns, and find no evidence that AQ is a priced risk factor.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Accounting and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 (September)
    Pages: 2-22

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    Keywords: Asset-pricing tests Accruals quality Information risk Portfolio theory and diversification;

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