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The relationship between board characteristics and earnings management: evidence from Sri Lankan listed companies

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C. A. Kankanamage

South Asian institute of technology and medicine, LK
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This paper aims to examine the impact of board characteristics on earnings management in Sri Lanka during the period from 2012-2015. The current study uses the ordinary least squares regression (OLS) to examine the effect of board on earnings management for a sample of 160 listed firms in Sri Lanka from 2012-2015. Kothari, Lenon and Wesley (2005) performance adjusted discretionary accrual model used to measure the earnings management by using the discretionary accruals. Findings revealed that there is a significant relationship between board size, board composition, board financial expertise and board meetings and earnings management of the firms. Thus effective board of a firm is contributing to enhance the financial reporting quality and transparency. The findings of this study would provide useful information for regulators and the practioners in the country to understand the significance of board characteristics of firms to constrain the earnings management and enhance the financial reporting quality and transparency. Further results provide useful information to the investors and other stakeholders in evaluating the existence of effective board characteristics in advance to put the confidence of the financial reporting quality and make their decisions.
How to Cite: Kankanamage, C.A., (2016). The relationship between board characteristics and earnings management: evidence from Sri Lankan listed companies. Kelaniya Journal of Management. 4(2), pp.36–43. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/kjm.v4i2.7499
Published on 06 Sep 2016.
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