Accounting for Investments in Human Capital: A Review
University of Queensland
University of Queensland - Business School
July 9, 2010
This paper provides an overview of the human capital literature focusing on the firm’s incentives and disincentives to invest in human capital and subsequently to account for the investments. The evidence suggests human capital investment decisions are intrinsically linked to the success of a business and ultimately to the probability of survival. However, disclosure is largely a voluntary choice by managers as there are few formal disclosure requirements. The conclusion from the evidence shows that the benefits to stakeholders of disclosing information relating to human capital investment are likely to outweigh the costs and suggest a wide range of topics for future research.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 51
Keywords: Human Capital Investment Incentives, Accounting for Human Capital Investment
JEL Classification: J3, J4, J24, M12, M41, M5
Date posted: September 10, 2010
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