Board characteristics and real earnings management

Chaur-Shiuh Young, Liu Ching Tsai, Chia Hui Chen, Ssu Ting Liao

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This study combines the real-earnings-management literature and the corporate-governance literature to examine how board characteristics affect real earnings management induced by benchmark meeting/beating incentives. Using a sample of U.S. listed companies over the period of 2003-2006, we find that managers are more likely to exercise real earnings management in order to avoid negative earnings, sustain prior year's earnings or meet/beat analysts' consensus earnings forecast. With regard to the role of board characteristics, our results indicate that boards with higher independence and professionalism can effectively constrain earnings-thresholds-induced real earnings management. Our overall findings are consistent with the notion that board governance plays a vital role in restraining real earnings management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-400
Number of pages38
JournalNTU Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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