The Link between Earnings Timeliness, Earnings Conservatism and Board Composition: Evidence from the UK

13 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2004

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Wendy Beekes

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance

Peter F. Pope

Bocconi University; London School of Economics and Political Science

Steven Young

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance

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Abstract

This paper examines the links between accounting quality, proxied by earnings timeliness and conservatism, and the composition of the board of directors. Results indicate that firms with a higher proportion of outside board members are more likely to recognise bad news in earnings on a timely basis. However, firms whose boards comprise a relatively high proportion of outsiders do not display greater reporting conservatism with regard to the recognition of good news. These findings suggest that board composition is an important factor in determining the quality of UK firms' reported earnings with respect to incorporating bad news on a timely basis.

Suggested Citation

Beekes, Wendy and Pope, Peter F. and Young, Steven, The Link between Earnings Timeliness, Earnings Conservatism and Board Composition: Evidence from the UK. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=513421

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