The relationship between accounting choices and share prices : a study of South African listed companies

Bunting, Mark B. (2009) The relationship between accounting choices and share prices : a study of South African listed companies. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




It is widely assumed that the managers of companies behave in a self-interested and opportunistic manner when making the discretionary accounting choices that are applied in the preparation of published financial reports. Empirical research has found evidence for this in the United States, Britain, Spain, France and Australia, amongst other countries. There has, however, been no prior work of a similar nature in a South African context. The purpose of this study is to extend this body of work by examining the relationship between a number of potentially opportunistic (profit-increasing, income-smoothing and solvencyimproving) accounting choices made by the managers of South African listed companies, and growth rates in the share prices of those companies. Data in respect of thirty-nine medium-sized South African listed companies are analysed for evidence of the expected positive relationship between opportunistic accounting choices and share price growth. No evidence is found for this relationship. This may be due to limitations in the research design, inadequacies in the interpretation of the agency theory from which the hypotheses are developed, or a combination of both. Refinements in the research design or a re-interpretation of the theory may be successful in addressing these matters as part of future research efforts.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Financial statements - South Africa, Accounting - South Africa, Managerial accounting - South Africa, Accounting choice, Managerial opportunism
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Commerce > Economics and Economic History
Supervisors:Stack, E. (Prof.)
ID Code:1775
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:20 Oct 2010 08:01
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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