Conservatism and asymmetric recognition: some evidences from Brazil

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2002
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I present evidence of the value relevance of Brazilian accounting numbers under the Ohlson framework. My results suggest that book values are superior to earnings in terms of value relevance. I also show that accounting income does not incorporate economic income in a conservative way (asymmetrically). These results are consistent with the hypothesis that under the very concentrated ownership capital markets system in Brazil accounting earnings are less useful as information asymmetry reducers while book values remain relevant due to legal implications of Brazilian corporate law.


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