Title

Is accounting information value-relevant in the emerging Chinese stock market?

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

Publication Date

1-1-2001

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

22

Keywords

Chinese accounting, Chinese stock market, Value-relevance

Abstract

This study examines empirically whether domestic investors in the Chinese stock market perceive accounting information based on Chinese GAAP to be value-relevant. The study is motivated by the market-based value-relevance literature in the U.S. and by the recent developments of accounting and stock markets in China. Using a sample of all listed firms in the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges from 1991 to 1998 with available data, we obtain evidence of value-relevance in China based on a return and a price model. Specifically, we address three research questions. First, we document that accounting information is value-relevant in the Chinese market according to both the pooled cross-section and time-series regressions or the year-by-year regressions. Second, we further examine whether value-relevance in China changes in a predictable manner with respect to four factors including positive vs. negative earnings, firm size, earnings persistence, and liquidity of stock. Third, this study examines two competing explanations about the value-relevance of accounting information between A-share and AB-share companies and finds that investors place more weight on accounting information in A-share companies. Collectively, in this study, we report evidence consistent with the notion that accounting information is value-relevant to investors in the Chinese market despite the young age of the market and the perception of inadequate accounting and financial reporting in China.

DOI

10.1016/S1061-9518(01)00033-7

Print ISSN

10619518

Funding Information

Financial support from the Lingnan University.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Inc. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

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Language

English

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