Positive Accounting Theory
Ross L. Watts, Jerold L. Zimmerman, POSITIVE ACCOUNTING THEORY, Prentice-Hall Inc., 1986
Posted: 6 Sep 2006
This book reviews the theory and methodology underlying the economics-based empirical literature in accounting. An accounting theory theory is an explanation for observed accounting and auditing practices. Such an explanation is necessary for interpretation of empirical associations between variables. The book discusses the role of theory in empirical work. It then reviews accounting theories involved in empirical studies of the use of accounting in capital markets, contracting and the political process and the extent to which the theories are consistent with those studies' evidence. Empirical studies in auditing are also reviewed. The book finishes with a discussion of the role of accounting research and a summary and evaluation of the research up until the mid-1980s.
Keywords: Accounting theory, capital markets, contracting, political process
JEL Classification: M40, M41, M46, M49, G12, G14, G30, G34
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