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Earnings quality research: Advances, challenges and future research

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  • DeFond, Mark L.
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    This discussion makes several observations regarding the earnings quality research reviewed in Dechow, Ge and Schrand (2010) (DGS). I discuss some of the factors that led to the large growth in the earnings quality literature over the past two decades, and note a few of the important contributions from this literature. I also present what I view as several major challenges the literature faces as well as some avenues for future research. In addition, I discuss the difficulties in evaluating such a diverse body of literature, and comment on DGS's major conclusions.

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

    Volume (Year): 50 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2-3 (December)
    Pages: 402-409

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:50:y:2010:i:2-3:p:402-409

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    Keywords: Earnings quality Earnings management Abnormal accruals Proxies;

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    1. Mary E. Barth & Javier Gomez-Biscarri & Ron Kasznik & Germán López-Espinosa, 2012. "Fair Value Accounting, Earnings Management and the use of Available-for-Sale Instruments by Bank Managers," Faculty Working Papers 05/12, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra.

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