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Did the goodwill accounting standard impose material economic consequences on Australian acquirers?

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  • Kieran James
  • Janice How
  • Peter Verhoeven

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This research explores the empirical association between takeover bid premium and acquired (purchased) goodwill, and tests whether the strength of the association changes after the passage of approved accounting standard AASB 1013 in Australia in 1988. AASB 1013 mandated capitalization and amortization of acquired goodwill to the income statement over a maximum period of 20 years. We use regressions to assess how the association between bid premium and acquired goodwill varies in the pre-AASB and post-AASB 1013 periods after controlling for confounding factors. Our results show that reducing the variety of accounting policy options available to bidder management after an acquisition results in a systematic reduction in the strength of the association between premium and goodwill. Copyright (c) 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2008 AFAANZ.

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  • Kieran James & Janice How & Peter Verhoeven, 2008. "Did the goodwill accounting standard impose material economic consequences on Australian acquirers?," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 48(4), pages 625-647.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:acctfi:v:48:y:2008:i:4:p:625-647
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    1. Karen Benson & Peter M Clarkson & Tom Smith & Irene Tutticci, 2015. "A review of accounting research in the Asia Pacific region," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 40(1), pages 36-88, February.

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