Institutional Ownership Composition and Earnings Management
This paper examines the impact of outside block-holders on earnings management, using discretionary accounting accruals as the measure of earnings management. For the income-decreasing earnings management scenario, we do not find significant results. This may be attributable to the different natures and time horizons of outside block-holders. Since the majority of outside block-holders are institutional investors, we then investigate the relationship between ownership by institutional investors with different natures and earnings management. Specifically, we find a significant positive relationship between ownership by transient institutional investors (holding diversified portfolios with high turnover) and discretionary accounting accruals. However, we do not find a significant relationship between ownership by dedicated institutional investors (holding concentrated portfolios with low turnover) and discretionary accounting accruals. Therefore, due to the differing natures of institutional investors, we may not treat them as a homogeneous group.
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Volume (Year): 15 (2012)
Issue (Month): 04 ()
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