Title page for ETD etd-06162010-203347

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Edmonds, Christopher Thomas
URN etd-06162010-203347
Degree PhD
Department Accounting and Information Systems
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Maher, John J. Committee Chair
Brown, Robert M. Committee Member
Brozovsky, John A. Committee Member
Kumar, Raman Committee Member
Oler, Mitchell J. Committee Member
  • IFRS
  • Trading Volume
  • Debt
  • Analysts’ Forecasts
Date of Defense 2010-06-16
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This dissertation investigates the effects of changes in the accounting environment on the capital markets. Included are three manuscripts, each of which, make an important contribution to the accounting literature. The first two manuscripts investigate the impact and importance of analysts’ forecasts. The third manuscript documents the impact of eliminating an important accounting disclosure. This dissertation makes the following contributions to the accounting literature. The first manuscript documents that investor skepticism towards meet/beat firms appears to have been a temporary phenomenon and investors have resumed rewarding firms that meet/beat analysts’ earnings expectations. Further, the study provides evidence that changes in the analyst forecasting environment also contributed to this temporary decline implying that the scandals did not have as strong of an effect on investors’ confidence in earnings as previously believed. The second manuscript contributes to the accounting literature by documenting the importance of meeting/beating cash flow forecasts to participants in the debt markets. Finally, the third manuscript contributes to the existing literature regarding the value relevance of the IFRS – U.S.GAAP reconciliation by documenting a significant decrease in publicly available information to equity investors at the first reporting period following the SEC’s decision to eliminate the reconciliation. All of these manuscripts extend what is currently known about the importance of public disclosures to capital market participants.
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