Effect of accounting conservatism on corporate investment during the global financial crisis

Balakrishnan, K, Watts, R and Luo, Z (2016) Effect of accounting conservatism on corporate investment during the global financial crisis. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 43 (5-6). pp. 513-542. ISSN 0306-686X OPEN ACCESS


This paper examines the effect of accounting conservatism on firm-level investment during the 2007–2008 global financial crisis. Using a differences-in-differences design, we find that firms with less conservative financial reporting experienced a sharper decline in investment activity following the onset of the crisis compared to firms with more conservative financial reporting. This relation is stronger for firms that were financially constrained, faced greater external financing needs, or had higher information asymmetry. We also find that more conservative firms experienced lower declines in both debt raising activity and stock performance. The evidence suggests that accounting conservatism reduces underinvestment in the presence of information frictions

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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Inc. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Balakrishnan, K. , Watts, R. and Zuo, L. (2016), The Effect of Accounting Conservatism on Corporate Investment during the Global Financial Crisis. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 43: 513-54, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jbfa.12206. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 13:20
Date of first compliant deposit: 11 Jul 2016
Subjects: Investment appraisal
Financial reporting
Business cycles
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2024 00:45
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/514

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