Journal article

Reporting Bias and Monitoring in Clean Development Mechanism Projects

Hui Chen, Peter Letmathe, Naomi Soderstrom

Contemporary Accounting Research | Wiley | Published : 2021

Abstract

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is a flexible carbon market mechanism managed by the United Nations. The program grants tradable carbon emissions credits (Certified Emission Reductions) for carbon‐reducing projects in developing countries. A project can only be admitted to program if it is not financially profitable, and thus would not take place, without the emission credits granted through the CDM. In this paper, we examine how monitoring reduces incentives of companies to bias the reported expected financial viability of potential CDM projects to gain admission to the program. We find that reported rates of return, which are a key factor for admission to the program, tend to be down..

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