The Economic Determinants of the Market Reaction to Proposed Mandatory Accounting Changes in the Oil and Gas Industry

Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 3, 1981

35 Pages Posted: 23 May 2006

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Daniel W. Collins

University of Iowa - Department of Accounting

Michael S. Rozeff

SUNY at Buffalo - Department of Financial & Managerial Economics

Dan S. Dhaliwal

University of Arizona - Department of Accounting (deceased)

Abstract

This paper examines the economic reasons for the observed negative abnormal common stock performance of firms whose reported earnings and stockholders' equity were negatively affected by the proposed elimination of full cost accounting in the oil and gas industry. Four explanations of the market effects of this mandatory accounting change are examined: (1) naive investor theory, (2) modified naive investor theory, (3) contracting cost theory, and (4) estimation risk theory. These hypotheses are developed in detail and used to generate variables for a cross-sectional model which explains observed return behavior. The effect of the accounting change on total stockholders' equity, the existence of financial contracts denominated in terms of accounting numbers and, to a lesser extent, firm size are shown to be important explanatory variables. The importance of these variables is consistent with both the contracting cost and estimation risk theories.

Keywords: contracting cost, full cost accounting, oil and gas industry, mandatory accounting change

JEL Classification: M40, M41

Suggested Citation

Collins, Daniel W. and Rozeff, Michael S. and Dhaliwal, Dan S., The Economic Determinants of the Market Reaction to Proposed Mandatory Accounting Changes in the Oil and Gas Industry. Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 3, 1981. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=903544

Daniel W. Collins

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Michael S. Rozeff (Contact Author)

SUNY at Buffalo - Department of Financial & Managerial Economics ( email )

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United States

Dan S. Dhaliwal

University of Arizona - Department of Accounting (deceased)

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