The Impact of Different Accounting Reporting Methods on the Informativeness of Research and Development Costs: IFRS Compared to U.S. GAAP Article

Dugan, Michael T, McEldowney, John E, Turner, Elizabeth H et al. (2016). The Impact of Different Accounting Reporting Methods on the Informativeness of Research and Development Costs: IFRS Compared to U.S. GAAP . 19(04), 1-36.



cited authors

  • Dugan, Michael T; McEldowney, John E; Turner, Elizabeth H; Wheatley, Clark M

fiu authors

abstract

  • In this paper, we examine the information content and value relevance of research and development (R&D) costs before and after the SEC eliminated the 20-F reconciliation to U.S. GAAP for Foreign Public Issuers (FPIs). Prior to the elimination both FPIs and U.S. firms experienced an increase in the indirect effect of R&D on operating income. After the requirement was eliminated, the direct effect increased for FPIs and the indirect effect decreased. This is in contrast to U.S. firms who experienced a continued increase in the indirect effect. This shift indicates there was a loss of informativeness in the R&D disclosures for FPIs.

publication date

  • December 1, 2016

keywords

  • Accounting quality, research &
  • development, IFRS, U.S. GAAP

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 36

volume

  • 19

issue

  • 04