SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF IFRS ADOPTION ON DISCLOSURE QUALITY AND EARNINGS MANAGEMENT

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Marcus Salewski, Torben Teuteberg, Henning Zülch

DOI:10.22495/cocv13i2c3p6

Abstract

This study investigates the effect of IFRS adoption on the transparency of financial reporting in Germany. For a sample period from 1995 to 2012, we analyze the development of the degree of earnings management and of disclosure quality using discretionary accruals and disclosure quality scores from an annual report ‘beauty contest’ published by a German business journal as proxies. We find that IFRS adoption is associated with an increase in disclosure quality and with an initial increase in the extent of earnings management. We argue that the latter is driven by factors such as low compliance, lack of experience and weaker enforcement in the early years of IFRS accounting and show that the degree of earnings management decreases from the ‘early’ to the ‘mature’ phase of IFRS accounting. Finally, we provide evidence for a negative association between disclosure quality and earnings management indicating that disclosures potentially constrain earnings management.

Keywords: IFRS Adoption, Earnings Management, Earnings Quality, Disclosure Quality

How to cite this paper: Salewski, M., Teuteberg, T., & Zülch, H. (2016). Short-term and long-term effects of IFRS adoption on disclosure quality and earnings management. Corporate Ownership & Control, 13(2-3), 556-579. http://dx.doi.org/10.22495/cocv13i2c3p6