The Impact of the Company's Characteristics on Earnings Management Based on Accrual: A Case of the United Arab Emirates

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Ali Majed Hadi, Dr. Mundher Al-hamood, Dr. Hashim Ali

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The aim of this research is to explore the impact of the company's characteristics in earnings management. In more detail, explore the impact of the company's size, leverage, growth, turnover of assets and loss on accruals earnings management. In order to test the study's hypothesis, researchers used financial data of companies listed in the UAE markets (Abu Dhabi Financial Market and Dubai Financial Market). The researchers concluded that the company's characteristics do not affect accruals earnings management with the exception of turnover and loss. This result suggests that earnings management is only a decision taken by management and is therefore more related to management as people than the company's characteristics. This result also indicates that companies facing a loss tend to manage their earnings more than companies whose activity results positively.

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