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From plan to market: financial statements and economic transition in the East German enterprise

  • S. David Young
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    This article examines the changing role of financial accounting in the former East Germany as that country underwent the transition from a centrally planned to a market-driven economy. The German government's insistence on a sales model of privatization in preference to some form of mass privatization, combined with legal requirements to make up equity shortfalls in eastern German enterprises, resulted in a highly centralized and interventionist approach to accounting change. The article reviews and analyses the historical, technical, economic and political aspects of this change process.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal European Accounting Review.

    Volume (Year): 8 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 157-189

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