27 junho 2020

Informação Contábil não perdeu relevância


We address how value relevance of accounting information evolved as the new economy developed. Prior research concludes accounting information—primarily earnings—has lost relevance. We consider more accounting amounts and find no decline in combined value relevance from 1962 to 2014. We assess evolution in each amount’s value relevance and find increases, most notably for amounts related to intangible assets, growth opportunities, and alternative performance measures, which are important in the new economy. The number of relevant amounts also increases. We also consider separately new economy, non-new economy profit, and non-new economy loss firms. The relevance trends are more pronounced for, but extend beyond, new economy firms. We base inferences on a non-parametric approach that automatically incorporates nonlinearities and interactions, thereby unconstraining the valuation relation. Taken together, our findings reveal a more nuanced, but not declining, relation between share price and accounting information that reflects the new economy.

Barth, Mary E. and Li, Ken and McClure, Charles, Evolution in Value Relevance of Accounting Information (August 22, 2019). Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 17-24. Available at SSRN:

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