Mutual funds’ holdings and listed firms’ earnings management: Evidence from China

http://www.sciencedirect.com.libproxy.smu.edu.sg/science/article/pii/S1042444X14000474#

Journal of Multinational Financial Management

Volume 28, December 2014, Pages 62–78

Mutual funds’ holdings and listed firms’ earnings management: Evidence from China 

Jing Chia, , Jingjing Yangb, 1, Martin Younga, c, 2, 

Highlights

  • Chinese long-term mutual funds’ holdings have an insignificant impact on accruals.
  • Chinese short-term funds’ holdings encourage an increase in earnings management.
  • Long- or short-term funds impact different earnings management measures differently.
  • Funds’ impact on earnings management is stronger in non-state-controlled firms.

Abstract

This study examines the impact of long-term and short-term mutual funds’ ownership on various types of earnings management in China. We find that both long-term and short-term funds’ holdings can lead to reduced non-core income. However, long-term mutual funds’ holdings have an insignificant impact on accrual items, while short-term funds’ holdings encourage an increase in accruals. The positive influence of short-term funds’ holdings on accruals is much stronger than their negative impact on non-core income. Finally, we find the impact of mutual funds’ holdings on earnings management is much stronger in non-state-controlled listed firms than that in state-controlled ones.

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