Do IFRS Disclosure Requirements Reduce the Cost of Capital? Evidence from Australia
Accounting & Finance, https://doi.org/10.1111/acfi.12744
43 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2021 Last revised: 20 Jul 2021
Date Written: February 13, 2021
We examine the association between the disclosure requirements of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the cost of capital for a sample of Australian firms. We find that these disclosure requirements have a negative association with the cost of capital. The interpretation is that firms with a higher level of IFRS disclosure have a lower cost of capital. Further analysis shows that IFRS disclosure requirements are negatively related to the cost of debt and equity capital. Our findings contribute to the debate on the relative costs and benefits of IFRS disclosure requirements and have important implications for standard setters, regulators, and users of financial statements.
Keywords: IFRS; Disclosure; Weighted average cost of capital; Cost of equity; Cost of debt; Australia
JEL Classification: M40, M41
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