The relation between accounting conservatism and corporate social performance: An empirical investigation

Rick N. Francis, Steven Harrast, James Mattingly, Lori Olsen

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Abstract

Accounting conservatism and corporate social responsibility have received much attention in the recent literature. The current study draws upon Watts, who recognizes that one role of conservatism is to reduce the likelihood of excess wealth transfers to its stakeholder groups and Post etal., who assert that a key aspect of positive corporate social performance is the (equitable) distribution of corporate wealth. Accordingly, this study empirically investigates and finds a positive relation between conservatism and strong social performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-222
Number of pages30
JournalBusiness and Society Review
Volume118
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

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