51 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2018
Date Written: July 23, 2018
The continued growth of intangible investments is the hallmark of developed economies, initiating significant changes in the business models, strategies and performance of business enterprises. Accounting standard‐setters, however, by and large, are oblivious to this world‐wide development. I establish in this study that this accounting resistance to change seriously harms investors and the economy‐at‐large, and accordingly I propose feasible remedial changes to the accounting system to adapt it to economic reality. I discuss implementation issues of the proposed change, and the reasons for the three-decade resistance of accounting standard‐setters to change the accounting of intangibles. Finally, in order to facilitate the accounting change, I outline a wide‐ranging, policy-oriented research agenda on intangibles and related issues.
Keywords: Intangibles, financial reports, accounting policies, technology, research agenda
JEL Classification: M41, G14, G3
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