In this paper we review the academic evidence on earnings management and its implications for accounting standard setters and regulators. We structure our review around questions likely to be of interest to standard setters. In particular, we review the empirical evidence on which specific accruals are used to manage earnings, the magnitude and frequency of any earnings management, and whether earnings management affects resource allocation in the economy. Our review also identifies a number of opportunities for future research on earnings management.
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Research Article| December 01 1999
A Review of the Earnings Management Literature and Its Implications for Standard Setting
Paul M. Healy, Professor;
Online ISSN: 1558-7975
Print ISSN: 0888-7993
American Accounting Association
Accounting Horizons (1999) 13 (4): 365–383.
Paul M. Healy, James M. Wahlen; A Review of the Earnings Management Literature and Its Implications for Standard Setting. Accounting Horizons 1 December 1999; 13 (4): 365–383. https://doi.org/10.2308/acch.19126.96.36.1995
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