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Adopting a Label: Heterogeneity in the Economic Consequences Around IAS/IFRS Adoptions


Holger Daske


University of Mannheim

Luzi Hail


University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Christian Leuz


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Center for Financial Studies (CFS); University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Financial Institutions Center; CESifo Research Network

Rodrigo S. Verdi


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

January 8, 2013


Abstract:     
This study examines liquidity and cost of capital effects around voluntary and mandatory IAS/IFRS adoptions. In contrast to prior work, we focus on the firm-level heterogeneity in the economic consequences, recognizing that firms have considerable discretion in how they implement the new standards. Some firms may make very few changes and adopt IAS/IFRS more in name, while for others the change in standards could be part of a strategy to increase their commitment to transparency. To test these predictions, we classify firms into ‘label’ and ‘serious’ adopters using firm-level changes in reporting incentives, actual reporting behavior, and the external reporting environment around the switch to IAS/IFRS. We analyze whether capital-market effects are different across ‘serious’ and ‘label’ firms. While on average liquidity and costs of capital often do not change around voluntary IAS/IFRS adoptions, we find considerable heterogeneity: ‘Serious’ adoptions are associated with an increase in liquidity and a decline in cost of capital, whereas ‘label’ adoptions are not. We obtain similar results when classifying firms around mandatory IFRS adoption. Our findings imply that we have to exercise caution when interpreting capital-market effects around IAS/IFRS adoption as they also reflect changes in reporting incentives or broader changes in firms’ reporting strategies, and not just the standards.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 66

Keywords: International accounting, Reporting incentives, IAS, U.S. GAAP, Disclosure, Cost of equity, IFRS implementation

JEL Classification: G14, G15, G30, K22, M41, M42

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Date posted: April 12, 2007 ; Last revised: March 12, 2013

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Daske, Holger and Hail, Luzi and Leuz, Christian and Verdi, Rodrigo S., Adopting a Label: Heterogeneity in the Economic Consequences Around IAS/IFRS Adoptions (January 8, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1864771 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1864771

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Holger Daske
University of Mannheim ( email )
Schloss Ostflügel
Raum O 250
Mannheim, D-68131
Germany
Luzi Hail (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School ( email )
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United States
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215-573-2054 (Fax)
Christian Leuz
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )
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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
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Center for Financial Studies (CFS) ( email )
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Germany
University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Financial Institutions Center
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United States
CESifo Research Network
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Rodrigo S. Verdi
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )
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