Decision-Usefulness of Ideal Cost and Ideal Value Accounting for Valuation and Stewardship
Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft (2012), Special Edition Vol 5, p. 161-181
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 Last revised: 2 Oct 2012
Date Written: February 20, 2012
This paper contrasts the decision-usefulness of prototype accounting regimes based on perfect accounting for value, i.e. ideal value accounting (IVA), and perfect matching of cost, i.e. ideal cost accounting (ICA). The regimes are analyzed in the context of a firm with overlapping capacity investments where projects earn excess returns and residual income is utilized as performance indicator. Provided that IVA and ICA systematically differ based on the criterion of unconditional conservatism, we assess their respective decision-usefulness for different valuation- and stewardship-scenarios. Assuming that addressees solely observe current accounting data of the firm, ICA provides information which is useful for valuation and stewardship without reservation whereas IVA entails problems under specific assumptions.
Keywords: Cost accounting, Value accounting, (unconditional) Accounting conservatism, Stewardship, Valuation
JEL Classification: M41, G31, G32
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation