Mandating IFRS in an Unfavorable Environment: The Greek Experience

Nikolaos I. Karampinis, Dimosthenis L. Hevas

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Abstract

There is an ongoing debate concerning the efficacy of mandating high-quality accounting standards in unfavorable economies with inadequate institutional infrastructures. Greece provides us with an example of an unfavorable jurisdiction for enforcement of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) due to its code-law tradition, bank orientation, concentrated corporate ownership, poor shareholders' protection, and low regulatory quality. Assuming that these conditions undermine managers' and auditors' incentives for high-quality financial reporting, how likely is it that mandating IFRS in such an environment will be effective? To address this research question, we explore potential effects of IFRS enforcement on two salient properties of accounting income: value relevance and conditional conservatism. Our results indicate only minor improvements in both of them after IFRS implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-332
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Accounting
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Conditional conservatism
  • Greece
  • IFRS
  • Reporting incentives
  • Value relevance

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