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The Relation Between Accounting Comparability and Firm Productivity

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/09/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date20/09/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Using a comprehensive sample of U.S. manufacturing firms from 1992 to 2015, I test for the association between accounting comparability and firm productivity. I posit that increased accounting comparability facilitates learning from peer firms ultimately increasing firm productivity. Results show that accounting comparability is positively related to firm productivity and that one channel for this relation is improvement in inventory management. In cross-sectional analysis, I find that the relation between accounting comparability and firm productivity is stronger when (a) peer firms exhibit higher productivity and provide more informative filings; (b) subject firms exhibit higher product similarity with peer firms and face stiffer competition, and (c) subject firms operate in industries characterized by higher accounting quality. © The Author(s) 2021.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance ? (?), 2021, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2021 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance page: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/jaf on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/