Real earnings management and the cost of new corporate bonds

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-647
Journal / PublicationJournal of Business Research
Issue number4
Online published16 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


We examine the association between real earnings management and the cost of new bond issues of U.S. corporations. We consider three types of real earnings management: sales manipulation, overproduction, and the abnormal reduction of discretionary expenditures. We find that overproduction impairs credit ratings and that sales manipulation and overproduction are associated with higher bond yield spreads. Overall, our results imply that credit rating agencies and bondholders perceive real earnings management as a credit risk-increasing factor and thus require high risk premiums. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

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  • Bond yield spread, Credit rating, New bond issue, Real earnings management