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An Institutional Analysis of Cost Accounting Practices in the Spanish Eighteenth Century


  • Carlos Larrinaga-González

    () (Department of Business Administration, Universidad de Burgos.)

  • Miriam Núñez-Torrado

    () (Department of Accounting, Universidad de Sevilla.)

  • Fernando Gutiérrez-Hidalgo

    () (Department of Business Administration, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)


A growing body of literature (Johnson, 1972; Tyson, 1990; Fleischman and Parker, 1990 and 1991; Edwards and Newell, 1991 and Fleischman et al., 1996) has evidenced that sophisticated costing techniques were used in the early stages of the Industrial Revolution for efficiency reasons. However, some scholars have questioned the role of efficiency (Hoskin and Macve, 1988; Miller, 1994, Carmona et al., 1997, 1998 and 2002 and Gutiérrez et al., 2005) and have suggested institutional explanations for the development of cost accounting. The purpose of this research is to extend this institutional explanation of accounting spreading in the second half of the 18th century, Enlightenment Century Spain. With this aim, this work explores the changes that took place in six organizations depended of the Crown. The study reveals the importance of the role played by a group of managers belonging to the Spanish Enlightenment Movement.

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  • Carlos Larrinaga-González & Miriam Núñez-Torrado & Fernando Gutiérrez-Hidalgo, 2008. "An Institutional Analysis of Cost Accounting Practices in the Spanish Eighteenth Century," Working Papers 08.04, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Business Administration.
  • Handle: RePEc:pab:wpbsad:08.04

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    Institutional Analysis; Cost Accounting; Spanish Eighteenth Century.;

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