Institutional ownership stability and real earnings management

  • Hamid SakakiEmail author
  • Dave Jackson
  • Surendranath Jory
Original Research


We examine the relationship between institutional ownership stability and real earnings management. Our findings indicate that firms held by more stable institutional owners experience lower real activities manipulation by limiting overproduction. We further examine how the stability in the shareholdings of pressure-sensitive and insensitive institutional investors affect target firms’ use of real earnings management, respectively. Unlike pressure-sensitive institutional investors, the stability in the share ownership of pressure-insensitive institutional investors (i.e., investment advisors, pension funds and endowments) mitigates target firms’ use of real earnings management. Overall, our results are consistent with the view that institutional investors presence acts as a monitor on target firms’ use of real earnings manipulation activities.


Institutional investors Earnings management Institutional ownership stability Real activities manipulations Institutional ownership persistence Real earnings management 

JEL Classification

G30 G32 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdinburgUSA
  2. 2.University of SussexBrightonUK

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