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Labor Unions and Goodwill Impairment

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Title:Labor Unions and Goodwill Impairment
Authors:Najlaa Kallousa
Boochun Jung
Hussein Warsame
Keywords:Labor Unions
Earnings Management
Goodwill Impairment
Date Issued:19 Aug 2020
Abstract:We explore whether managers of unionized firms tend to reduce reported earnings by reporting goodwill impairment losses for a unique group of firms experiencing mergers and acquisitions. We hypothesize that the existence and strength of labor unions are positively linked to the likelihood, frequency, and amount of goodwill impairment. We document that the likelihood of goodwill impairment is positively linked to labor unions, suggesting that managers facing strong unions are more likely to recognize goodwill impairment. Further, we document that the frequency and amount of goodwill impairment are larger for unionized firms, suggesting that strong unions promote managerial incentives to recognize goodwill impairment losses more frequently and to a larger extent.
Appears in Collections: 11 Financial Accounting 4: Accounting Issues Related to Labor, Politics, and Environments

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