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Do Family Firms Choose Conservative Accounting Practices?
, Shankar Shaw Tara
Published in
2019
Volume: 54
   
Issue: 4
Abstract
We investigate whether family firms are motivated to adopt conservative accounting practices, given their unique characteristics of high promoter holdings, less diversified equity and long-term interest in the business. We examine whether heterogeneity within family firms, captured through family members' involvement in management and the firm's affiliation to a business group, drives conservative behavior. We test our model on a sample of 2534 listed Indian firms from 2006 to 2015. Our results indicate that family-controlled firms are more conditionally conservative in their accounting practices, especially when family members manage them and when they are affiliated with a business group. These findings are robust to alternative measures of conservatism and also after controlling for omitted variable bias and reverse causality.
About the journal
JournalInternational Journal of Accounting
ISSN00207063
Open AccessNo