Managerial Ownership, Information Content of Earnings, and Discretionary Accruals in a Non-US Setting
Jeffrey D. Gramlich and
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Gorm Gabrielsen: Copenhagen Business School,
Thomas Plenborg: Copenhagen Business School,
Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2002, vol. 29, issue 7&8, 967-988
This study employs Danish data to examine the empirical relationship between the proportion of managerial ownership and two characteristics of accounting earnings: the information content of earnings and the magnitude of discretionary accruals. In previous research concerning American firms, Warfield et al. (1995) document a positive relationship between managerial ownership and the information content of earnings, and a negative relationship between managerial ownership and discretionary accruals. We question the generality of the Warfield et al. result, as the ownership structure found in most other countries, including Denmark, deviates from the US ownership configuration. In fact, Danish data indicate that the information content of earnings is "inversely" related to managerial ownership. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002.
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