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Hands in the cookie jar: Exploiting loan loss provisions under bank financial distress

El Diri, Malek, King, Timothy, Spokeviciute, Laima, Williams, Jonathan (2021) Hands in the cookie jar: Exploiting loan loss provisions under bank financial distress. Economics Letters, . p. 110098. ISSN 0165-1765. (doi:10.1016/j.econlet.2021.110098) (KAR id:90833)

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Abstract

We investigate earnings management (EM) behaviour at failed banks by examining the

intensity and direction of EM around FDIC-insured commercial bank failures. Our empirical

analysis indicates that failing banks engage in EM to a significantly greater extent than nonfailing banks. Our results show that failing banks’ discretion over loan loss provisions ranges

from aggressive (upwards EM) to conservative (downwards EM).

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.econlet.2021.110098
Uncontrolled keywords: Earnings Management, Bank Failures, Banks
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Timothy King
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2021 10:55 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 10:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/90833 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
King, Timothy: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7326-2162
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