Fair Value Accounting for Goodwill Under IFRS: An Exploratory Study of the Comparability in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom

37 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2008  

Mari Paananen

University of Hertfordshire

Date Written: September 30, 2008

Abstract

Using a random sample of companies from France, Germany, and the UK (100 from each country) I examine the comparability/diversity of fair value accounting of goodwill under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). I predict and find that large companies operating in an environment with a high level of investor protection are more likely to provide more disclosure on how the conduct the fair value estimation of acquired goodwill. I also predict find that investors find the accounting information from companies with high levels of disclosure more informative. In addition, I also find that companies in the financial sector are providing significantly less disclosure compared to other companies.

Keywords: Fair value, Goodwill, IFRS, France, Germany, United Kingdom

JEL Classification: M41, M44, M45, M47, K22

Suggested Citation

Paananen, Mari, Fair Value Accounting for Goodwill Under IFRS: An Exploratory Study of the Comparability in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom (September 30, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1275803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1275803

Mari Paananen (Contact Author)

University of Hertfordshire ( email )

Hertford Herts, SG13 8QF
United Kingdom

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