Global Financial Reporting Standards: Their Establishment and Enforcement

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:
  Global Financial Reporting Standards: Their Establishment and Enforcement

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Standard setters are attempting to structure a single set of global accounting standards. This chapter examines the costs and benefits of such convergence and finds that it is not a viable solution. It outlines a system of “constrained competition” in standards, within which a small set of high-quality standards would offer the most feasible and flexible setting that would cope with increasingly global capital markets. Three alternatives of such competition — among countries, between exchanges, and competition at the firm level — are outlined and discussed. The chapter also discusses harmonization of audit oversight and enforcement worldwide, and stresses that quality assurance is more important than the convergence of accounting standards.

Keywords: standard setting; globalization; accounting standards; auditing standards; enforcement; Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Chapter.  14769 words. 

Subjects: Financial Markets

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