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Financial Reporting Gaps and Value Relevance: Chinese Accounting Standards and International Accounting Standards Post-2001

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  • Dani Foo

    () (Department of Finance, Waikato Management School, Waikato University, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand)

  • Bin Liu

    (Department of Accounting, Waikato Management School, Waikato University, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand)

  • Howard Davey

    (Department of Accounting, Waikato Management School, Waikato University, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand)

Abstract

To gauge the effect of the 2001 official "harmonisation" of the Chinese Accounting Standards (CAS) and International Accounting Standards (IAS) regimes, we examine all companies that simultaneously issued both A and B shares in both the SHSE and SZSE using the Weetman, Jones and Gray (1998) Index of Comparability, testing for differences between companies’ reported earnings and equities. Ohlson’s Value Relevance Model (Ohlson, 1995) is also used, associating stock prices with both earnings and book values of these firms to gauge their relative value relevance. Our findings suggest that reported earnings and equities based on CAS are not significantly different from those based on IAS. We infer from our results that the CAS regime has converged with the IAS more substantially than was previously believed and that most existing literature that involves studying the practical differences of CAS from IAS may have been superseded by these findings. The CAS authorities can be cautiously optimistic about the degree of convergence with IAS.

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  • Dani Foo & Bin Liu & Howard Davey, 2009. "Financial Reporting Gaps and Value Relevance: Chinese Accounting Standards and International Accounting Standards Post-2001," Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance (AAMJAF), Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, vol. 5(2), pages 55-76.
  • Handle: RePEc:usm:journl:aamjaf00502_55-76
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