To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Managerial tenure and earnings management

Nan Hu (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States)
Qian Hao (Division of Business Administration and Accounting, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States)
Ling Liu (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States)
Lee J. Yao (1958-2012) (Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans. Louisiana, United States)

International Journal of Accounting & Information Management

ISSN: 1834-7649

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the impact of tenure on earnings management.

Design/methodology/approach

Analytical model; multivariate regression analysis.

Findings

The paper predicts that managers are conservative in managing earnings when they first start to take top managerial positions, and then become aggressive in the next few years. Once they reach the maximum level of earnings management, they will become conservative again and report earnings less aggressively. This inverted U-shaped relationship between tenure and earnings management is confirmed by the data from the Chinese stock market.

Research limitations/implications

It is based on China stock market data. Generalization of the research results to other countries is limited.

Practical implications

With the knowledge of when earnings management is more likely to occur, regulators can set up policies targeting firms and managers with certain characteristics, instead of requiring observances from all firms and managers. This limited scope can greatly reduce the costs of preventing and identifying earnings management, while effectively maintaining the quality of earnings in the meantime.

Social implications

This paper examines the earnings management behavior related to CEO tenure. It is hoped that the research results can improve the overall understanding of earnings management, then social wealth spent on preventing and identifying it could be reduced.

Originality/value

It is an original work.

Keywords

Citation

Hu, N., Hao, Q., Liu, L. and Yao (1958-2012), L.J. (2015), "Managerial tenure and earnings management", International Journal of Accounting & Information Management, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 42-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJAIM-04-2014-0025

Publisher

:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited