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Market Reaction to the Adoption of IFRS in Europe

  • Christopher S. Armstrong

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    (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Mary E. Barth

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    (Graduate School of Business, Stanford University)

  • Alan D. Jagolinzer

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    (Graduate School of Business, Stanford University)

  • Edward J. Riedl

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    (Harvard Business School, Accounting and Management Unit)

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    This study examines the European stock market reaction to sixteen events associated with the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Europe. European IFRS adoption represented a major milestone towards financial reporting convergence yet spurred controversy reaching the highest levels of government. We find a more positive reaction for firms with lower quality pre-adoption information, which is more pronounced in banks, and with higher pre-adoption information asymmetry, consistent with investors expecting net information quality benefits from IFRS adoption. We also find that the reaction is less positive for firms domiciled in code law countries, consistent with investors' concerns over enforcement of IFRS in those countries. Finally, we find a positive reaction to IFRS adoption events for firms with high quality pre-adoption information, consistent with investors expecting net convergence benefits from IFRS adoption. Overall, the findings suggest that investors in European firms perceived net benefits associated with IFRS adoption.

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    Paper provided by Harvard Business School in its series Harvard Business School Working Papers with number 09-032.

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    Length: 51 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:hbs:wpaper:09-032
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