Financial reporting discretion and voluntary disclosure: corporate research and development expenditure in Australia

Percy, Majella (2000) Financial reporting discretion and voluntary disclosure: corporate research and development expenditure in Australia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics, 7(1), pp. 1-31.


The aim of this paper is to explain Australian R&D capitalisation and voluntary disclosure. It is argued that the discretionary choices available to management in Australia with respect to the accounting for and the disclosure of R&D expenditure and activities can be explained by the reduction of information asymmetries and agency costs. The results confirm that three aspects of information asymmetry investigated, research intensity, the use of R&D financing arrangements and the percentage of subsidiaries not wholly owned, are important in explaining the discretionary capitalisation of R&D expenditure. Furthermore, research intensity, and the use of an R&D financing arrangements, are significant in explaining voluntary disclosure of R&D expenditure and activities. These results are robust to the inclusion of controls for other economic characteristics of the firm including, share issue, size, accounting performance, leverage, proprietary costs and tax status

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ID Code: 768
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Agency Theory, Information Asymmetry, R&D, Disclosure, Majella Percy
ISSN: 1608 1625
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Asia Pacific Journal of Accounting & Economics
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: This journal is available online.
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2005 00:00
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