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Keywords:

  • CEO reputation;
  • Accounting conservatism;
  • Earnings management
  • G10;
  • M41;
  • M50

Abstract

In this study, I investigate the impact of managerial reputation, as proxied by high-profile awards to CEOs, on financial reporting practices and firm performance. Using a sample of 269 awards given to 189 celebrity CEOs (CEOs who win awards) from 1987 to 2003, I compare within-firm changes in financial reporting practices and firm performance before and after each CEO wins their first award. I find that celebrity CEOs engage in more conservative accounting practices and are less likely to engage in opportunistic earnings management to meet short-term earnings benchmarks. In addition, firm performance improves after celebrity CEOs win awards.