Successful implementation of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is particularly challenging in emerging economies where IFRS-compatible institutions are underdeveloped. In this study, we conduct a survey and in-depth interviews with experienced auditors in China, the largest emerging economy in the world, to advance our understanding of the extent of the success of IFRS implementation and the obstacles that arise during the IFRS implementation process. Our study reveals that although the majority of the respondents agreed that the implementation of the IFRS has achieved its goals, including improving reporting quality, lowering the cost of capital, attracting more foreign investors, and promoting corporate governance performance, a substantial proportion of them remained pessimistic. Our study also identifies several factors that adversely affect the successful implementation of IFRS in China. Qualitative feedback from the interviews provides further insights into how these factors affect IFRS implementation. Our findings provide implications for other emerging economies with similar institutional backgrounds to China.
|Number of pages
|China Accounting and Finance Review
|Published - Mar 2020
- International Financial Reporting Standards