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Testing Earning Management

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  • Fok, D.
  • Franses, Ph.H.B.F.

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Earnings management to avoid earnings decreases and losses implies that the time series properties of the last quarter in the fiscal year differ from those of the other three quarters. We propose a simple parametric methodology to diagnose such differences. Application to a random sample of 390 firms in the Compustat database gives strong evidence of earnings management.

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  • Fok, D. & Franses, Ph.H.B.F., 2009. "Testing Earning Management," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2009-31, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
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    Keywords

    earnings management; periodic time series models;

    JEL classification:

    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting

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