The impact of cash flows and accruals on belief asymmetry

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2009 AFAANZ Conference, 2009, pp. 1 - 38
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We examine the market-relevance of disaggregating earnings into cash flow and accrual components. Unlike the majority of capital markets accounting research to-date, which has restricted analysis to price effects (returns), we focus on belief asymmetry as our measure of market-relevance. Specifically we examine the effect, which the earnings component disclosure has on the level of belief asymmetry in the market. Our measure of belief asymmetry is based on the model developed by Kim and Verrecchia (1991). Cross-sectional ordinary least square regression models are used to analyse the market response to measures of cash flow and accrual surprise.
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