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Who uses financial reports and for what purpose? Evidence from capital providers

Cascino, Stefano, Clatworthy, Mark A., Osma, Beatriz Garcia, Gassen, Joachim, Imam, Shahed and Jeanjean, Thomas (2014) Who uses financial reports and for what purpose? Evidence from capital providers. Accounting in Europe, 11 (2). pp. 185-209. ISSN 1744-9480

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17449480.2014.940355

Abstract

We review the academic literature on the use of financial reporting information by capital providers. We classify our findings by investor type and by information objective. While most capital providers use accounting information, our survey indicates that they do so in a variety of ways with financial reporting information competing with other sources of information. We also find that information intermediaries are influential in both credit and equity markets, making the identification of a typical target ‘user’ inherently difficult. Our main findings question the underlying objective of the Conceptual Framework to guide the development of standards for general-purpose financial statements to provide a typical knowledgeable investor with a true and fair view about the reporting entity. Finally, we identify gaps in the literature and suggest areas where future research can help inform important academic and policy debates.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/raie20
Additional Information: © 2014 European Accounting Association
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Sets: Departments > Accounting
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2014 11:53
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 11:08
Funders: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, European Financial Reporting Advisory Group, AECA Chair in Accounting and Auditing and the UAM-Auditores Madrid Chair
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57683

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