Economic Consequences of IFRS Adoption: The Role of Changes in Disclosure Quality

59 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2019 Last revised: 31 Jul 2020

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Bin Li

University of Houston - Department of Accountancy & Taxation

Gianfranco Siciliano

China Europe International Business School - Accounting & Finance Department

Mohan Venkatachalam

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

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Date Written: July 30, 2020

Abstract

This study adopts a two-step approach to highlight the disclosure quality channel that drives economic consequences of International Financial Reporting Standards [IFRS] adoption. This approach helps address the identification challenge noted by Leuz and Wysocki (2006) and offer direct evidence on the role of disclosure quality. In the first step, we document the impact of the IFRS mandate on changes in disclosure quality proxied by the granularity of line-item disclosure in financial statements. We find that IFRS-adopting firms provide more disaggregated information upon IFRS adoption, such as more granular disclosure of intangible assets and long-term investments on the Balance Sheet and greater disaggregation of depreciation, amortization, and non-operating income items on the Income Statement. In the second step, we link the observed disclosure changes to the benefits and costs of IFRS adoption. We show that greater disaggregated information due to IFRS adoption enhances market liquidity and decreases information asymmetry, but does not affect audit fees differentially. Our evidence has implications for standard-setters as they evaluate cost-benefit tradeoffs when considering disclosure changes in the future.

Keywords: IFRS adoption; Nonmissing line items; Disclosure quality; Market liquidity; Audit fees.

JEL Classification: M41; M48; G15.

Suggested Citation

Li, Bin and Siciliano, Gianfranco and Venkatachalam, Mohan, Economic Consequences of IFRS Adoption: The Role of Changes in Disclosure Quality (July 30, 2020). Contemporary Accounting Research, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3366288 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3366288

Bin Li

University of Houston - Department of Accountancy & Taxation ( email )

Bauer College of Business
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Gianfranco Siciliano

China Europe International Business School - Accounting & Finance Department ( email )

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China

Mohan Venkatachalam (Contact Author)

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )

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