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Can investors rely on the quality of earnings figures published by listed and non-listed Russian firms?


  • Alexandra Bagaeva
  • Juha-Pekka Kallunki
  • Hanna Silvola


This paper investigates earnings quality of both listed and non-listed Russian firms and explores whether foreign ownership affects the quality of earnings published by non-listed Russian firms. Russia, the largest European transitional economy, is an increasingly attractive market for foreign investors. Our empirical results show that Russian firms listed on a stock exchange report earnings of relatively good quality. We do not find support for the hypothesis that non-listed Russian firms co-owned by foreign investors report earnings of better quality than do exclusively Russian-owned non-listed firms. However, we find that non-listed Russian firms with foreign ownership report earnings with more timely recognition of economic gains than exclusively Russian-owned non-listed firms do. Our results are robust for different specifications of the earnings quality model.

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  • Alexandra Bagaeva & Juha-Pekka Kallunki & Hanna Silvola, 2008. "Can investors rely on the quality of earnings figures published by listed and non-listed Russian firms?," International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 5(1), pages 30-49.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijaape:v:5:y:2008:i:1:p:30-49

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