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Financial reporting comparability: evidence on the impact of ambiguity tolerance and accounting standard guidance

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  • Noel Harding
  • Jin Shu Xu
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    In this study, we investigate whether the provision of formal guidance in the interpretation of ambiguous principles-based accounting standard provisions contributes to, or detracts from, financial reporting comparability. Analysing judgments made by Chinese accountants working in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, our results highlight that the presentation of comparable financial information is hindered by the presence of guidance. These results suggest that if national and international comparability is desired, standard setting authorities should exercise caution when incorporating guidance into accounting standards.

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    Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 359-374

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    Handle: RePEc:ids:ijaape:v:7:y:2011:i:4:p:359-374

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    Keywords: financial reporting comparability; ambiguity tolerance; guidance; China; accounting standards.;

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