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Les Indicateurs D'Asymétrie Sont-Ils Pertinents Pour Étudier Les Seuils Comptables ?

  • Olivier Vidal

    (GREGH - Groupement de Recherche et d'Etudes en Gestion à HEC - GROUPE HEC - CNRS : UMR2959)

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    S'attendant à ce que la distribution statistique des résultats non manipulés des entreprises présente une allure « lisse », les irrégularités de distribution des résultats publiés par les entreprises observées autour de certains seuils sont interprétées comme des manifestations de gestion du résultat. De nombreuses études ont tenté de mesurer ces irrégularités afin d'effectuer des comparaisons dans le temps, dans l'espace, ou entre les différents seuils. Ces études sont donc confrontées à un problème technique de mesure. Or la méthodologie de mesure des irrégularités n'est pas stabilisée. Parmi ces mesures, l'article s'intéresse plus spécifiquement aux indicateurs d'asymétrie. Il souligne leurs limites théoriques et teste leur validité à travers une application empirique. Les résultats tendent à montrer que de tels indicateurs sont myopes, et qu'ils peuvent conduire à des interprétations erronées des phénomènes qu'ils sont censés représenter.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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    Publication status: Published - Presented, La place de la dimension européenne dans la Comptabilité Contrôle Audit, 2009, Strasbourg, France
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