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Does accounting comparability affect corporate employment decision-making?

Does accounting comparability affect corporate employment decision-making?
Does accounting comparability affect corporate employment decision-making?
This paper investigates whether accounting comparability affects corporate employment decision-making. We find that firms with greater accounting comparability experience a lower degree of inefficiency in labour investments. Further, our results show that accounting comparability affects labour investments via improved external monitoring and internal governance mechanisms. Additional analyses indicate that our findings are not driven by non-labour investments and are robust to alternative explanations and endogeneity concerns. Collectively, the results are consistent with the view that comparability is an effective monitoring tool, which mitigates agency conflict and thereby reduces opportunistic employment decision-making.
Accounting comparability, Corporate governance, Employment decisions, Labour investment efficiency
0890-8389
Zhang, Zhuang
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Ntim, Collins
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Zhang, Qingjing
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Elmagrhi, Mohamed
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Zhang, Zhuang
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Zhang, Qingjing
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Elmagrhi, Mohamed
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Zhang, Zhuang, Ntim, Collins, Zhang, Qingjing and Elmagrhi, Mohamed (2020) Does accounting comparability affect corporate employment decision-making? British Accounting Review, 52 (6), [100937]. (doi:10.1016/j.bar.2020.100937).

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This paper investigates whether accounting comparability affects corporate employment decision-making. We find that firms with greater accounting comparability experience a lower degree of inefficiency in labour investments. Further, our results show that accounting comparability affects labour investments via improved external monitoring and internal governance mechanisms. Additional analyses indicate that our findings are not driven by non-labour investments and are robust to alternative explanations and endogeneity concerns. Collectively, the results are consistent with the view that comparability is an effective monitoring tool, which mitigates agency conflict and thereby reduces opportunistic employment decision-making.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 July 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 August 2020
Keywords: Accounting comparability, Corporate governance, Employment decisions, Labour investment efficiency

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Local EPrints ID: 442842
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442842
ISSN: 0890-8389
PURE UUID: ae8c203d-7765-42fb-96e9-7f9ffb3b783b
ORCID for Zhuang Zhang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5369-3144
ORCID for Collins Ntim: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1042-4056

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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2020 16:52
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 03:10

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Author: Zhuang Zhang ORCID iD
Author: Collins Ntim ORCID iD
Author: Qingjing Zhang
Author: Mohamed Elmagrhi

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