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The impact of accounting information quality on the mispricing of accruals: The case of FRS3 in the UK


  • Chan, Ann L-C
  • Lee, Edward
  • Lin, Stephen


We exploit a unique setting of accounting regulation change to examine how accounting information quality affects the well-documented accrual anomaly. We show a significant reduction in the negative return predictability of accruals among UK companies with poorer accounting information quality following the introduction of Financial Reporting Standard No. 3: Reporting Financial Performance (FRS3). While the functional fixation hypothesis attributes the mispricing of accruals to the judgemental error of end-users of information, our findings suggest that the supply side of information also plays a crucial role. Our results provide evidence that regulatory interventions seeking to improve accounting information quality can reduce the mispricing of securities in the capital market.

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  • Chan, Ann L-C & Lee, Edward & Lin, Stephen, 2009. "The impact of accounting information quality on the mispricing of accruals: The case of FRS3 in the UK," Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 189-206, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jappol:v:28:y:2009:i:3:p:189-206

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