Do firms' earnings management practices affect their equity liquidity?

Hui-Min Chung, Her Jiun Sheu, Juo Lien Wang*

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This study investigates the relationship between earnings management and equity liquidity, positing that as incentives arise for the manipulation of firm performance through earnings management (due partly to conflicts of interest between firm insiders and outsiders), greater earnings management may signal higher adverse selection costs. If earnings manipulation reveals aggressive accounting practices, liquidity providers tend to widen bid-ask spreads to protect themselves. The empirical results indicate that companies with higher earnings management suffer lower equity liquidity.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalFinance Research Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2009


  • Adverse selection costs
  • Earnings management
  • Equity liquidity

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