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The quality of accounting information in politically connected firms

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  • Chaney, Paul K.
  • Faccio, Mara
  • Parsley, David

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We document that the quality of earnings reported by politically connected firms is significantly poorer than that of similar non-connected companies. Our results are not due to firms with ex-ante poor earnings quality establishing connections more often. Instead, our results suggest that, because of a lesser need to respond to market pressures to increase the quality of information, connected companies can afford disclosing lower quality accounting information. In particular, lower quality reported earnings is associated with a higher cost of debt only for the non-politically connected firms in the sample.

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  • Chaney, Paul K. & Faccio, Mara & Parsley, David, 2011. "The quality of accounting information in politically connected firms," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(1), pages 58-76.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:51:y:2011:i:1:p:58-76
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jacceco.2010.07.003
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    Keywords

    M40; M41; G15; Quality of information; Accruals quality; Political ties;

    JEL classification:

    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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