Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/99830
Title: Selection models in accounting research
Authors: Lennox, Clive S.
Francis, Jere R.
Wang, Zitian
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Lennox, C. S., Francis, J. R., & Wang, Z. (2012). Selection Models in Accounting Research. The Accounting Review, 87(2), 589-616.
Series/Report no.: The accounting review
Abstract: This study explains the challenges associated with the Heckman (1979) procedure to control for selection bias, assesses the quality of its application in accounting research, and offers guidance for better implementation of selection models. A survey of 75 recent accounting articles in leading journals reveals that many researchers implement the technique in a mechanical way with relatively little appreciation of important econometric issues and problems surrounding its use. Using empirical examples motivated by prior research, we illustrate that selection models are fragile and can yield quite literally any possible outcome in response to fairly minor changes in model specification. We conclude with guidance on how researchers can better implement selection models that will provide more convincing evidence on potential selection bias, including the need to justify model specifications and careful sensitivity analyses with respect to robustness and multicollinearity.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/99830
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/12311
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2308/accr-10195
Rights: © 2012 American Accounting Association.
Fulltext Permission: none
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