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A Comparative Analysis of Regulatory Strategies in Accounting and their Impact on Corporate Compliance


Gabriele K. Ebbers

This thesis analyses whether compliance behaviour in financial reporting may be influenced by differences in regulatory sources and in the design of the regulations themselves. A logistic binomial model is used to describe the relative odds of full compliance rather than regulatory avoidance by way of partial or creative compliance. The analysis is based on the accounting policies adopted by internationally listed companies registered in Europe where, despite the harmonising impact of the European company law directives, regulatory strategies in accounting continue to be diverse.
Contents: International Accounting Regulation – Regulation and Compliance – Institutional Structures and Regulatory Design – Fixed Asset Revaluation – Foreign Currency Reporting – The Definition of a Subsidiary – Probabilty Model of Compliance in Financial Reporting.