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Economic Properties of Recognized Intangibles under Domestic Accounting Standards: Evidence from European Capital Markets

  • Jean-François Casta


    (DRM FINANCE - DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - CNRS - Université Paris IX - Paris Dauphine)

  • Olivier Ramond


    (DRM FINANCE - DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - CNRS - Université Paris IX - Paris Dauphine)

  • Lionel Escaffre


    (Granem - Groupe de Recherche ANgevin en Economie et Management - UA - Université d'Angers - Agrocampus Ouest - Institut National de l'Horticulture et du Paysage)

This study investigates whether European firms reporting under domestic GAAPs exhibit major differences while examining the relationship between their economic (financial, operating and competitive) performance and their recognized intangible investment (RII). Using a five-European-country sample including listed firms from UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, over the pre-IFRS compliance period 1993-2004, we first provide evidence that, under any domestic GAAPs, investors adopt a short-term perspective or "myopic view" while constructing their portfolios by penalizing firms with high RII. Secondly, contrary to the resource-based view, our results suggest that RII do not underpin better competitive position inside a specific industrial. Finally, our findings clearly support the idea that EU continental accounting standards, while opposed to Anglo-Saxon settings, ease the relationship existing between RII and firm operating performance. This last result would suggest that IAS adoption could lead to disconnect operating margins from RII and subsequently challenge the widespread claim that IAS help produce higher-quality reporting about a firms' operating activities.

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Date of creation: 05 Jun 2008
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