Manipulating relevance

As most FASRI followers are aware, the IASB and FASB are revising their Conceptual Frameworks.  The new and old frameworks posit that relevance of information for making decisions is a key attribute for determining if a particular number should be included in financial reports. Read more > >

Why powerful people are (sometimes) better liars

In a May 2010 Harvard Business Review article, Dana Carney (assistant professor at Columbia University) answers questions about her research that examines the relationship between a sense of power and the ability to deceive others. Although I highly recommend reading the actual paper (which is very well written, I might add), let me summarize the basics [...] Read more > >

Research Rankings by Topic and Methodology

Just this morning, a team of researchers went live with a website that ranks accounting programs’ research by topic and methodology. If you’ve ever wondered which accounting programs are the strongest in analytical methodology, based on published research in the past 6, 12, or 20 years by faculty currently in the program, this site can [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion on Information Risk and Fair Value

On Wednesday, April 14th, 11 am ET, we will be joined by Eddie Riedl (Harvard University). Eddie will discuss on-going research relating to fair value accounting. This will include a paper co-authored with George Serafeim (also of Harvard University), entitled “Information Risk and Fair Values: An Examination of Equity Betas.” He will both overview an [...] Read more > >

If you believe what you read in the scientific literature, you shouldn’t believe what you read in the scientific literature.

The paradoxical title of this post is quoted from this article in Science News about the inconsistent and often inappropriate use of statistics in academic research.  I would strongly recommend every accounting researcher read the article, make sure they understand the criticisms, and then promptly ignore most of them. The article emphasizes that statistical significance [...] Read more > >

Round Table: Funding Opportunities for Research on Revenue Recognition

As posted here, FASRI is issuing a call for research consultants to conduct revenue recognition studies.  This call is a little different from the usual ‘call for proposals’ because applicants must be willing to work closely with FASRI and FASB staff to identify research topics that will be most helpful in staff and Board deliberations.   [...] Read more > >

Call for Research Consultants: Revenue Recognition

The Financial Accounting Standards Research Initiative (FASRI) is issuing an open call for academic researchers to serve as Research Consultants for a Revenue Recognition Research Project.  Research consultants will work with members of FASRI to develop rigorous research studies likely to be helpful with the FASB and IASB deliberations on revenue recognition and related topics.  [...] Read more > >

FASB-Friendly Research Report on Financial Statement Presentation

To prepare for tomorrow’s round table discussion (Wed Sept 2, 11am ET) on FASRI’s Financial Statement Presentation research, take a look at this report on an experiment I conducted with Frank Hodge, Pat Hopkins and Kristi Rennekamp.  A few points I’d like to make off the bat: Read more > >

How True or Fair is “True and Fair”?

One of the topics that came up in last week’s Round Table on Alternative Conceptual Frameworks was a discussion of the true and fair override. It came up when we were talking about one difference between US GAAP and IFRS being that Read more > >

How True or Fair is "True and Fair"?

One of the topics that came up in last week’s Round Table on Alternative Conceptual Frameworks was a discussion of the true and fair override. It came up when we were talking about one difference between US GAAP and IFRS being that Read more > >

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