Incentives versus standards: properties of accounting income in four East Asian countries

@article{Ball2003IncentivesVS,
  title={Incentives versus standards: properties of accounting income in four East Asian countries},
  author={R. Ball and Ashok Robin and J. Wu},
  journal={Journal of Accounting and Economics},
  year={2003},
  volume={36},
  pages={235-270}
}
The East Asian countries Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand provide rare insight into the interaction between accounting standards and the incentives of managers and auditors. Their standards derive from common law sources (UK, US, and IAS) that are widely viewed as higher quality than code law standards. However, their preparers’ incentives imply low quality. We show their financial reporting quality is not higher than under code law, with quality operationalized as timely recognition… Expand
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