publication . Book . Research . Preprint . 2010

Mandatory IFRS adoption and accounting comparability

Stefano Cascino; Joachim Gassen;
Open Access English
  • Published: 07 Oct 2010
  • Publisher: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
The adoption of IFRS by many countries worldwide fuels the expectation that financial accounting might become more comparable across countries. This expectation is opposed to an alternative view that stresses the importance of incentives in shaping accounting information. We provide early evidence on this debate by investigating the effects of mandatory IFRS adoption on the comparability of financial accounting information around the world. Our results suggest that while mandatory adoption of IFRS increases the comparability of some prominent balance sheet line items across countries, it has no clear effect on the cross-country comparability of earnings attribut...
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publication . Book . Research . Preprint . 2010

Mandatory IFRS adoption and accounting comparability

Stefano Cascino; Joachim Gassen;