Non-discretionary conservatism: evidence and implications

Lawrence, A and Sloan, R and Sun, Y (2013) Non-discretionary conservatism: evidence and implications. Journal of Accounting and Economics, 56 (2-3). pp. 112-133. ISSN 0165-4101

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A large body of accounting research finds that various contracting incentives lead managers to engage in conservative accounting practices. We extend existing research by modeling the impact of extant accounting rules on conservative accounting. Accounting rules typically require assets to be written down when their fair values drop sufficiently below their book values. We document evidence of the resulting non-discretionary conservatism and show that it appears to explain some of the results from previous research on contracting incentives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A > Assets
C > Conservatism
Subject Areas: Accounting
DOI: 10.1016/j.jacceco.2013.10.005
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 15:48
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 15:48

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