What is the Actual Economic Role of Financial Reporting?

12 Pages Posted: 28 May 2008 Last revised: 9 Mar 2009

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Ray Ball

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

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Abstract

This short essay is based on a presentation at the panel discussion on Big Unanswered Questions in Accounting at the American Accounting Association Meetings in 2007. It poses the question: what is the actual economic role of financial reporting? and discusses why this question is important, why it is unanswered, and what types of inventive research design are needed to help answer it. Examples are given of the types of questions involved.

Keywords: financial reporting, accounting, research design

JEL Classification: M41

Suggested Citation

Ball, Ray, What is the Actual Economic Role of Financial Reporting?. Accounting Horizons, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1138218

Ray Ball (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )

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