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Title: Impact of mandatory IFRS adoption on earnings quality : evidence from eight African countries
Author: Ngurumin Iorchir, Doris
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 4656
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2015
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This study investigates whether mandatory adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Africa has a significant impact on earnings' quality, despite the prevalence of weak country governance. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has identified the use of a common set of high-quality standards- the International financial reporting standards ( IFRS)- to enhance global accounting information quality, and promotes global adoption. However, research opinion on the impact of IFRS compliance, on earnings quality improvement is mixed and unresolved. Furthermore, little is known about the possible impact on earnings in firms located in Africa, where country governance quality is relatively low. Thus, this study targets African countries, and uses data from a general sample of 680 firms covering the period 2000 to 2012, to enrich the impact-of-global-IFRS-adoption debate, with African evidence. The study hypothesises that earnings quality differs between mandatory IFRS and domestic accounting standards(DAS) reporting periods in Africa. The research design involves a range of earnings quality proxies and the use of robust regression models. The study finds that relative to DAS, IFRS based earnings are: more persistent and closely associated with future period cash flows; less managed towards small profits and less smoothed. Also, the study finds more timely loss recognition and an increasing frequency of large losses recognition during periods of mandatory IFRS reporting. The results are robust to various additional tests and offer convincing evidence consistent with the hypotheses. These findings provide some direct evidence that mandatory adoption of IFRS is likely to improve earnings quality in some countries with weak governance. Thus, the study extends the literature on factors that influence earnings quality, and the impact of IFRS in countries with relatively weak governance. The research also informs firms, investors, country-level policy makers; and provides a lead for future investigation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Financial statements