By: Ann Tarca, Melissa Moy and Richard D. Morris
This study examines the relationship between use of international accounting standards and companies’ source of finance. We Investigate the proposition contained in Nobes’ (1998) model which postulates ousider companies (those with a higher level of public finance) in weak equity-outsider markets (capital markets where public equity finance is not dominant source of finance) are more likely to change their type of accounting system from one focused on information for creditors and tax authorities to one that meets the needs of external financiers. We considered 176 German listed companies during the financial year 1999. Our result support Nobes’ (1998) model as we found companies with more ousider finance (represented by the proportion of shares held by outsiders and the amount of public debt) were more likely to use international standards (US GAAP or IAS). Considering companies’ choice of US GAAP or IAS, we found companies selecting US GAAP rather than IAS were more likely to have a higher level of outsider finance.
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