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A model of R&D capitalization

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  • Atallah, Gamal
  • Khazabi, Massouid

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This paper studies the decision of firms to expense or capitalize R&D expenditures. The firm has an incentive to mismatch the benefits and costs of R&D, expensing a larger portion of R&D when the benefits occur in the long-run and capitalizing a larger portion when the benefits occur in the short-run. There is strategic substitutability between R&D investments and expensing. Accounting standards, market evaluation of capitalization, and firms’ accounting policies can have real effects on innovation.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 39459.

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Date of creation: 18 Jan 2004
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of Business and Economics No. 2.Vol. 4(2005): pp. 107-121
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:39459

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Keywords: Innovation; Expensing; Capitalization; Accounting standards;

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