Investigating the Effect of Moderating Managerial Ability on the Relationship between Investor Sentiment and Accounting Conservatism

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate Prof., Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economics, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economics, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran.


Objective: Accounting conservatism, as a factor that leads to the timely identification of bad news and the delay of good news, is able to control and to some extent reduce the investor sentiment. Therefore, it is expected that with the change in the level of the investor sentiment, the level of accounting conservatism will also change. However, the use of conservatism to control the investor sentiment under factors such as the efficiency of the management unit of the economic unit. In other words, management ability can moderate the relationship between investor sentiment and conservatism. Accordingly, this study aims to examine the moderating effect of management ability on the relationship between investor sentiment and accounting conservatism.
Methods: To achieve the purpose of the research, a statistical sample including 135 companies listed on the Tehran Stock Exchange during the years 2014 to 2018 has been selected. And to test the hypothesis, combined data with ordinary least squares regression model have been used.
Results: The findings of this study show that there is a positive and significant relationship between investor sentiment and accounting conservatism. In other words, in periods when the stock market is associated with the investor sentiment, firms use conservative mechanisms. Accounting is done to deal with this behavioral process of investors. In addition, the research findings indicate that managerial ability does not play a moderating role in the relationship between investor sentiment and conservatism.
Conclusion: The results of the study show that when the investor sentiment intensifies, in order to prevent and reduce this behavioral bias, firms provide faster bad news and early identification of economic losses, as well as delay good news and more strict recognition of returns. To avoid future problems caused by investment feelings to some extent. In addition, the able manager uses accounting conservatism against investor sentiment to the same extent as other managers. In other words, management ability cannot affect the relationship between investor sentiment and accounting conservatism. Hence, our study extends the literature on the impact of management ability on the relationship between investor sentiment and accounting conservatism and the conclusions have important implications for the improvement of Iran’s market efficiency.


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