Confirmation bias in accounting judgments

the case for International Financial Reporting Standards for small and medium-sized enterprises

Dinuja Perera, Parmod Chand, Rajni Mala*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We conduct an experiment that investigates confirmation bias in the reporting judgments of accountants when applying International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The results indicate that accountants’ judgments are biased towards the recognition and measurement principles of full IFRS when applying IFRS for SMEs. The results also suggest that confirmation bias in judgments can be mitigated by increasing accountants’ awareness of justification requirements and by using appropriate decision aids. These results are likely to be of interest to the 70-plus countries that have adopted the SME standard and countries that continue to contemplate its adoption.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting and Finance
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Confirmation bias
  • International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Judgment justification
  • Reporting judgment
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

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