Size management by European private firms to minimize proprietary costs of disclosure

Bernard, D, Burgstahler, D and Kaya, D (2018) Size management by European private firms to minimize proprietary costs of disclosure. Journal of Accounting and Economics, 66 (1). pp. 94-122. ISSN 0165-4101

Abstract

We examine size management by European private firms for which disclosure requirements increase at size thresholds. Our estimates suggest at least 8% of firms near thresholds that impose income statement disclosure manage size downward, and the average firm that manages size sacrifices more than 6% of its assets. We find that multiple determinants of proprietary costs predict this behavior, and that size management to avoid mandatory audits, which are similarly imposed at size thresholds, is of comparable magnitude. Our results triangulate the economic significance of proprietary costs in a setting largely without confounding capital market, agency, or compliance costs.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Accounting
Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
Subjects: P > Private companies
F > Financial reporting
A > Auditing
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 13:05
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2019 22:08
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/965
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