by: Mary Barth, Wayne Landsman dan Mark Lang
We compare characteristics of accounting data for firms that adopt International Accounting Standards (IAS) to a match sample of firms that do not to investigate whether reporting under IAS is associated with predictable differences in accounting quality and cost of capital. After IAS adoption, firms evidance less earnings management, more timely loss recognition, and more value relevance of accounting quality after adoption than before suggesting that IAS adoption is associated with an improvement in accounting quality. While more speculative, our result also provide weak evidance that IAS adoption firms may enjoy lower cost of capital after adoption than non-adoption firms, and a reduction in cost of capital following adoption. Overall, our result suggest an improvement in accounting quality associated with IAS adoption.
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