Journal article

How Much Does IFRS Cost? IFRS Adoption and Audit Fees

Emmanuel T De George, Colin B Ferguson, Nasser A Spear

ACCOUNTING REVIEW | AMER ACCOUNTING ASSOC | Published : 2013

Abstract

This study provides evidence of a directly observable and significant cost of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) adoption, by examining the fees incurred by firms for the statutory audit of their financial statements at the time of transition. Using a comprehensive dataset of all publicly traded Australian companies, we quantify an economy-wide increase in the mean level of audit costs of 23 percent in the year of IFRS transition. We estimate an abnormal IFRS-related increase in audit costs in excess of 8 percent, beyond the normal yearly fee increases in the pre-IFRS period. Further analysis provides evidence that small firms incur disproportionately higher IFRS-related audi..

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