Corporate Disclosure Diversity: A Comparative Assessment

George J. Benston, Michael Bromwich, Robert E. Litan and Alfred Wagenhofer

in Worldwide Financial Reporting

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305838
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199783342 | DOI:
  Corporate Disclosure Diversity: A Comparative Assessment

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While there are substantial differences in the regulatory regimes, cultures, economic history, nature of government, and institutions among the countries surveyed in the book, these countries have also faced common problems. This chapter provides a comparative assessment of how differences in some of these factors have affected accounting, auditing, and corporate governance. It shows that diversity in financial reports prevails worldwide, and discusses various ways used by companies and users of financial reports to cope with this diversity. The appendix illustrates accounting diversity by describing crucial differences among international financial rules and standards (IFRSs) and national standards, in particular, U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Keywords: financial reporting; corporate governance; standard setting; enforcement; accounting standards; GAAP; generally accepted accounting principles; IFRS; international financial rules and standards

Chapter.  16753 words. 

Subjects: Financial Markets

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