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Skewness of Earnings and the Believability Hypothesis : How Does the Financial Market Discount Accounting Earnings Disclosures?


  • Krishnan, M
  • Sankaraguruswamy, S
  • Song Shin, H


When firms attempt to manage their earnings disclosures by presenting evidence selectively, sophisticated inference on the part of financial market participants entails a positive association between the market to bood ratio of a firm and the skewness of the distribution of its announced earnings. In this paper, we put this hypothesis to the test, and confirm its main predictions.

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  • Krishnan, M & Sankaraguruswamy, S & Song Shin, H, 1996. "Skewness of Earnings and the Believability Hypothesis : How Does the Financial Market Discount Accounting Earnings Disclosures?," Economics Papers 120, Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
  • Handle: RePEc:nuf:econwp:120

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    Cited by:

    1. Bhattacharya, Utpal & Krishnan, Murugappa, 1999. "To believe or not to believe1," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 2(1), pages 69-98, February.
    2. Singleton, W. R. & Globerman, Steven, 2002. "The changing nature of financial disclosure in Japan," The International Journal of Accounting, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 95-111.

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    JEL classification:

    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy


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