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Absolute forecast errors of earnings in Malaysian IPO prospectuses: The impact of ethnic diversity

Ammer, Mohammed Abdullah and Ahmad Zaluki, Nurwati Ashikkin (2014) Absolute forecast errors of earnings in Malaysian IPO prospectuses: The impact of ethnic diversity. Jurnal Teknologi, 68 (3). pp. 97-104. ISSN 0127-9696

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The main focus of this paper is the earnings forecast, a vital information included in IPO prospectus.Specifically, our paper examined the impact of ethnic diversity groups on the boards of directors and audit committees in terms of earnings forecast accuracy.We are motivated by the lack of prior studies related to investigating IPO earnings forecast.Cross-sectional Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) modeling was conducted on 190 Malaysian IPOs from 2002 to 2012.For the evaluation of earnings forecast accuracy, we mathematically used the metric of Absolute Forecast Error (AFER).Moreover, for the test of robustness, we used the metric of Squared Forecast Error (SQFER) as error measurement, as it mostly deals with large errors.The empirical results indicate that the ethnic diversity groups on boards and audit committees have an impact on the accuracy of earnings forecasts.However, the evidence is significant for Chinese and Malay serving on boards but insignificant in terms of Chinese and Malay serving on audit committee.The findings indicate that multi-ethnic groups in Malaysian IPO companies could hinder the capability of IPO companies to achieve accurate earnings forecasts in their prospectuses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Earnings forecast error; ethnic diversity; IPO; Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Divisions: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Dr. Nurwati Ashikkin Ahmad Zaluki
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 08:50
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/18712

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