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Is the Convergence of Accounting Standards Good for Stock Markets?


  • Terence Tai-Leung Chong

    () (Department of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Winnie S. C. Leung

    () (School of Accountancy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Rita W. Y. Yip

    () (School of Accountancy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Howard Z. Huang

    () (School of Accountancy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


This paper examines the impact of the convergence of Hong Kong Accounting Standard 40 (HKAS 40) with the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) on the stock prices of firms in the property industry. Using a sample of 22111 firm-day observations, we show that the new standard has a negative impact on the stock performance of these firms.

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  • Terence Tai-Leung Chong & Winnie S. C. Leung & Rita W. Y. Yip & Howard Z. Huang, 2009. "Is the Convergence of Accounting Standards Good for Stock Markets?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(3), pages 2079-2085.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08m40002

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    Hong Kong Accounting Standard 40; Event Window; Stock Return.;

    JEL classification:

    • M4 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting
    • N2 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions


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