1 Appendix The Case for Global Accounting Standards

| September 28, 2018

1 Appendix The Case for Global Accounting Standards: Arguments and Evidence Ann Tarca Professor of Accounting, University of Western Australia. Academic Fellow -Research, IFRS Foundation1 Abstract This paper outlines the arguments for a common set of accounting standards and the forces that have promoted adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Widespread use of IFRS since 2005 provides an opportunity for empirical investigation of the benefits of IFRS. I summarise results of studies that are relevant for assessing the role of IFRS in both developing and developed capital markets. Introduction The expected benefits of global accounting standards are compelling. The use of one set of high quality standards by companies throughout the world has the potential to improve the comparability and transparency of financial information and reduce financial statement preparation costs. When the standards are applied rigorously and consistently, capital market participants will have higher quality information and can make better decisions. Thus markets allocate funds more efficiently and firms can achieve a lower cost of capital. These arguments have been used to support the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for financial reporting for consolidated listed entities in European Union (EU) member states (EC1606/2002). Other jurisdictions have cited similar reasons for adoption of IFRS (see Brown, 2011), reflecting the demand for high quality standards that can improve the quality and comparability of financial reporting and promote the development of national capital markets and the integration of markets internationally. For the first time in history, we have substantial numbers of firms domiciled in different countries using common standards. Consequently we can collect evidence about the extent to which we observe benefits in capital markets. This paper presents research findings about the impact of adoption of IFRS since 2005…

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