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Managerial Ownership, Information Content of Earnings, and Discretionary Accruals in a Non–US Setting

Gorm Gabrielsen, Jeffrey D. Gramlich and Thomas Plenborg

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2002, vol. 29, issue 7‐8, 967-988

Abstract: 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.

Date: 2002
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