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Do Political Connections Affect the Conservative Financial Reporting of Family Firms?

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Department of Accounting, National Chung Hsing University, No. 250, Kuokuang Rd., Taichung City 402, Taiwan
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Department of Accounting, Feng Chia University, No. 100, Wenhwa Rd., Taichung City 407, Taiwan
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Department of Business Administration, National Chung Hsing University, No. 250, Kuokuang Rd., Taichung City 402, Taiwan
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Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5563; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205563
Received: 29 August 2019 / Revised: 23 September 2019 / Accepted: 30 September 2019 / Published: 10 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Consumption and Financial Development)
This paper investigates the effect of political connections on the association between family firms and conservative financial reporting. While family firms have incentives to reduce agency and litigation-related costs by means of conservative reporting, firms with political connections tend to have opaque financial reporting, which enable them to engage in rent-seeking activities. Using data for Taiwanese listed firms between 1996 and 2012, the final sample observations were 13,877 firm-year observations from a population of 21,393 firm-year observations. We found that political connections weaken the positive relationship between family ownership and conservative financial reporting. This suggests that politically connected family firms make fewer demands for conservative financial reporting. This study contributes to the literature on how political connections affect the family owners’ reporting incentives. Policy makers may consider political connections as an essential factor with respect to establishing governance practice in family firms. View Full-Text
Keywords: conservative financial reporting; corporate governance; family control; political connections conservative financial reporting; corporate governance; family control; political connections
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Chi, H.-Y.; Weng, T.-C.; Chen, G.-Z.; Chen, S.-P. Do Political Connections Affect the Conservative Financial Reporting of Family Firms? Sustainability 2019, 11, 5563.

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