Fair value accounting and value relevance of equity book value and net income for European financial firms during the crisis

Sami Adwan, Alaa Alhaj Ismail, Claudia Girardone

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Abstract

This paper examines whether and how the level of exposure to fair value accounting moderates the changes in the value relevance of equity book value and net income during a crisis period. Using a sample of European listed financial firms over 2005-2011, our analysis confirms prior literature that the value relevance of book value of equity increases, while that of net income decreases during the financial crisis. More importantly, our findings offer robust support for the hypothesis that the impact of the crisis is less pronounced for firms whose financial statements are more exposed to fair value accounting. This evidence can be explained by the increased valuation weight placed by investors on the book value of equity relative to net income for firms with more exposure to fair value in the pre-crisis period.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100320
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation
Volume39
Early online date21 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2020

Keywords

  • Value Relevance
  • Fair Value
  • Financial Crisis
  • Financial Firms
  • Financial firms
  • Fair value
  • Value relevance
  • Financial crisis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance

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