Enforcement and Accounting Quality in the context of IFRS: is there a gap in the literature? Xenia Mamakou Hot

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Publication date
January 29, 2021
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Existing research has concluded that accounting quality is influenced not only by the quality of accounting standards, but also by enforcement systems. Therefore, enforcement is one of the key factors for ensuring International Financial Reporting Standards’ (IFRS) compliance and achieving accounting quality. However, one still does not know what has been studied about this relationship in scientific literature. Accordingly, the purpose of this paper is to identify, recap and evaluate the current state of research on the relationship between IFRS enforcement and accounting quality, to provide a critical overview of publications in this field and to identify future areas of interest.

Supported by a structured literature review, this paper fills in a research gap by conducting a scientometric analysis of papers on the relationship between IFRS enforcement and accounting quality construed in a broad sense. It reviews papers published between 2006 and 2019 selected from the Web of Science database, particularly analyzing main journals, authors, geographic areas of study, methods used, specific topics explored and future lines of research to be developed.

Main findings show a shortage of studies analyzing IFRS enforcement practices in individual countries and, in turn, the impact these practices may have on the accounting quality. This gap calls for further research to know the effectiveness of the IFRS-related enforcement mechanisms.

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no previous scientometric studies focused on the enforcement of IFRS and accounting quality. This study fills this research gap and improves the understanding about what has been published on the topic, also proposing an agenda for future research that can help regulators to adjust policies for the implementation and enforcement of IFRS.
Preferred Citation
SILVA, Adriana; JORGE, Susana; RODRIGUES, Lúcia; «Enforcement and Accounting Quality in the context of IFRS: is there a gap in the literature?»; International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, Vol. 29(3), 2021, pp. 345-367. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJAIM-08-2020-0126
Content analysis; Structured literature review; Accounting standards; Research description; Scientometric study
International Accounting / Accounting Harmonization
Type of Paper
Published paper

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