Measuring Financial Condition: A Study of U.S. States
21 Pages Posted: 11 May 2007
This study tests a measure of financial condition using government-wide information as required under the new financial reporting model set forth in GASB Statement No. 34. The measure consists of four financial condition dimensions in cash, budget, long-run and service-level solvencies, and 11 financial condition indicators. Results show that the measure is relatively reliable and valid and that government-wide information reported under the requirements of GASB Statement No. 34 provides a useful reporting framework to evaluate financial condition of a government. Additionally, financial condition among states varies greatly and there is much room for improvement.
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