Benefits of global financial reporting models for developing markets: The case of Romania

PLoS One. 2018 Nov 21;13(11):e0207175. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207175. eCollection 2018.


The paper explores the benefits of global financial reporting models for developing countries, discussing the case of Romania, which, at the recommendations of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, exceeded the minimum requirements of the European Union, by imposing the full adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in individual financial statements of listed companies. Using regression analysis and decomposition techniques, the paper explores the evolution in value relevance of financial variables based on pre-(2009-2012) and post-(2014-2016) adoption samples, showing that after IFRS adoption financial information becomes significantly more relevant for equity valuations. We also provide empirical evidence showing that the degree of relevance for stock valuation, as well as the IFRS impact varies across types of firms. Overall, our findings tend to indicate the success of the financial reporting reform, which could be relevant for other jurisdictions facing similar decisions.

MeSH terms

  • Capital Financing / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Capital Financing / standards
  • Capital Financing / trends
  • Commerce / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Commerce / standards*
  • Commerce / trends
  • Developing Countries / economics*
  • European Union / economics
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Models, Economic
  • Romania

Grants and funding

The authors received no specific funding for this work.