Conducting Research with the FASB: Round Table and Call for Participation

If you read our ABOUT page at the top menu of the FASRI website, you will see that FASRI doesn’t just lead discussions about accounting research (as fascinating as that may be).  We also actively support researchers who are willing to work with FASB staff to conduct original research studies.  At next week’s Round Table [...] Read more > >

What did people say about the proposed revenue recognition model?

The comment letter deadline for the IASB/FASB discussion paper on revenue recognition was June 19, 2009. The staff recently presented a high-level summary of the 200+ comment letters received by the boards. Given my recent posts (July 30 and Aug. 11) on the AAA FASC’s comment letter, I thought it might be useful to consider [...] Read more > >

Why Matching Is Out of Vogue

So far, no one has responded to my questions about the importance of contracts for revenue recognition. So, let me venture to ask a few more questions that occurred to me while reading the FASC’s comment letter on the revenue recognition discussion paper. In their response to Q9, the authors state: The traditional “income statement” [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion with Steve Kachelmeier

Steve Kachelemeier, Senior Editor of The Accounting Review, will join us on Wednesday, August 19th, at 11am ET.  As usual, Steve will take a few minutes to make his opening points, and then we will turn to Q&A.  Please come prepared with questions, and feel free to suggest some in the comment thread below. To [...] Read more > >

Why Do Standard Setters Make Such Awful Decisions?

Everyone, it seems, likes to complain about the decisions of the FASB and IASB.  Some complain that the Boards are too beholden to the wishes of preparers, by allowing them to park debt off their balance sheets, hide volatile income numbers in the Statement of Changes in Shareholder’s Equity (rather than running through earnings), and [...] Read more > >

AAA FASC Weighs in on Revenue Recognition

The AAA Financial Accounting Standards Committee (FASC) recently submitted a comment letter in response to the FASB/IASB’s discussion paper on revenue recognition. This letter is unusual because it is one of few (if any others) that draw on existing academic research to support its arguments. In that regard, the FASC has provided a useful service [...] Read more > >

What Went Wrong With Economics (according to The Economist)

A short article from the Economist serves as an introduction to two other articles.  The intro has a long comment section.  It’s definitely worth a look.  A sample: The charge that most economists failed to see the crisis coming also has merit. To be sure, some warned of trouble. The likes of Robert Shiller of [...] Read more > >

Anthony Hopwood at Office Hours: Implications of the Financial Crisis for Accounting Research (and other matters)

Office Hours next week will feature a conversation with Anthony Hopwood about what the financial crisis means for accounting (and finance) researchers.  We will be changing our schedule a little bit:  the session will be at 11am ET, Tuesday, July 14th. Information about getting to the session can be found here. Anthony has a most [...] Read more > >

The FASC’s Comments on the SEC Roadmap

Last week, a revised version of “A Research Based Perspective on the SEC’s Proposed Rule on Roadmap for Potential Use of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by U.S. Issuers,” comments from the Financial Accounting Standards Committee of the American Accounting Association, appeared on SSRN.  In this post, I offer [...] Read more > >

The FASC's Comments on the SEC Roadmap

Last week, a revised version of “A Research Based Perspective on the SEC’s Proposed Rule on Roadmap for Potential Use of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by U.S. Issuers,” comments from the Financial Accounting Standards Committee of the American Accounting Association, appeared on SSRN.  In this post, I offer [...] Read more > >