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The Politics of Accounting Standard-Setting: A Review of Empirical Research

Posted: 16 Dec 2013  

Brandon Gipper

Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Brett Lombardi

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; University of Melbourne - Department of Accounting & Business Information Systems

Douglas J. Skinner

The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

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Date Written: December 10, 2013

Abstract

We provide an overview of the empirical literature on the politics of accounting standard-setting, focusing on the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Although it is clear from casual observation that politics sometimes plays a first-order role in the determination of accounting standards, we argue that more can be done to improve our understanding of this important topic. Based on our review, we outline what we see to be a number of potentially fruitful directions for future research.

Keywords: Accounting standards, economic consequences, FASB, lobbying, politics

Suggested Citation

Gipper, Brandon and Lombardi, Brett and Skinner, Douglas J., The Politics of Accounting Standard-Setting: A Review of Empirical Research (December 10, 2013). Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365880

Brandon Gipper

Stanford University Graduate School of Business ( email )

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Brett J. Lombardi

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )

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University of Melbourne - Department of Accounting & Business Information Systems ( email )

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Australia

Douglas J. Skinner (Contact Author)

The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
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