Product market competition and conditional conservatism

Dan Dhaliwal, Shawn Huang, Inder K. Khurana, Raynolde Pereira

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Based on pooled cross-sectional analysis, we find a robust positive relation between product market competition and conditional accounting conservatism. We also find evidence of an inter-temporal increase in conditional conservatism following industry deregulation and increased antitrust case filings. Distinguishing further between two dimensions of competition, we find conditional conservatism is greater when there is a higher threat of new entrants as well as stiff existing competition. Moreover, we find these results largely hold for industry followers as opposed to industry leaders, suggesting that strategic considerations shape the extent to which product market competition affects conditional conservatism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1309-1345
Number of pages37
JournalReview of Accounting Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Firm strategy
  • Market structure
  • Monopoly rents
  • Political costs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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