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IFRS adoption strategies and theories of economic development: Effects on the development of emerging stock markets

Hakim Ben Othman (Tunis Business School, University of Tunis, El Mourouj, Tunisia)
Anas Kossentini (Tunis Business School, University of Tunis, El Mourouj, Tunisia)

Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2042-1168

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the underlying assumptions of economic development theories that may support or constrain accounting standard-setting strategies related to IFRS adoption and their potential effects on emerging stock markets (ESMs) development. The authors investigate the country-level association between the extent of IFRS adoption and ESMs development.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical analysis is based on a dynamic panel model using the generalized method of moments for 50 emerging economies over a period spanning from 2001 to 2007.

Findings

The authors find that a higher level of IFRS adoption affects positively and significantly stock market development (SMD). More specifically, full IFRS adoption for listed firms is substantially associated with SMD. However, the authors find that partial adoption of IFRS might be not only inappropriate and irrelevant, but also significantly harmful to ESMs development. In addition, it is shown that local GAAPs shaped on the basis of IFRS with major changes are at the origin of such counter-intuitive relationships.

Practical implications

This paper has some policy implications for developing countries. In order to enhance ESMs development, it is important to improve financial information quality through full adoption of IFRS. In a global economic system, it is essential to standard-setters as well as market regulators in non-adopter developing countries to require full IFRS adoption.

Originality/value

This paper extends previous work of Larson and Kenny (1996) in establishing relationships between standard-setting strategies faced to IFRS and theories of economic development. The authors investigate the effects of these standard-setting strategies on SMD using a sample of 50 emerging economies.

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Citation

Ben Othman, H. and Kossentini, A. (2015), "IFRS adoption strategies and theories of economic development: Effects on the development of emerging stock markets", Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 70-121. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAEE-02-2012-0006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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