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Comment mesurer les irrégularités de distribution des résultats publiés ?

  • Olivier Vidal


    (GREG - CRC - Groupe de recherche en économie et en gestion - Centre de recherche en comptabilité - Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers [CNAM])

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    The study of accounting thresholds requires measuring earnings distribution irregularities. But the measurement methods used in the accounting literature are not stabilized. The paper evaluates the impact of the measurement methods. Eleven different calculation methods are applied, year after year, on a base consisting of French listed companies over 13 years. The results are mitigated. The irregularities are severe enough to be identified by all methods, but their magnitude varies greatly and this may have important implications for comparative studies (evolution in time or space).

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    Date of creation: 09 May 2011
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    Publication status: Published in Conférence de l'Association Francophone de Comptabilité 2011, May 2011, Montpellier, France. 2011
    Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00594840
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