Is conservative reporting attractive to foreign institutional investors? Evidence from an emerging market

Yilmaz Yildiz, Mehmet Baha Karan, Aydin Ozkan

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This study investigates the relation between conservative reporting and foreign institutional ownership using a unique dataset of firms in Turkey. In doing so, we distinguish between foreign funds and corporations. Contrary to prior findings, our analysis shows that conservative reporting is not necessarily a desirable accounting feature for foreign institutional investors. We also find that the interplay between conservative reporting and ownership is significantly different between foreign funds and corporations. The estimated negative relation holds only for foreign funds. Further analysis reveals that foreign funds do not find conservative reporting desirable in low-asymmetric information firms and reduce ownership with greater accounting conservatism in such firms. The analysis sheds significant lights on the relevance of conservative reporting in alleviating the negative consequences of asymmetric information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1121
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Journal of Finance
Issue number12
Early online date1 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2019


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