Do International Financial Reporting Standards Live Up to Their Promise?

At a time when many barriers to global trade have fallen, countries all over the world are taking steps to harmonize their accounting standards and develop a truly global language of business. Under the lead of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), more than 100 countries have either implemented International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) or plan to do so. Yet while proponents of accounting harmonization … [ Read more ]

The Benefits of Transparency

Regulators often justify new disclosure regulation by arguing that it reduces firms’ cost of capital; until now, there has been little evidence to support this argument. Recent research examines how the effectiveness of a country’s legal institutions and securities regulation is related to international differences in the cost of equity capital.