New Economics Papers
on Law and Economics
Issue of 2008‒05‒24
one paper chosen by
Jeong-Joon Lee, Towson University

  1. Mandatory Accounting Disclosure by Small Private Companies By Benito Arruñada

  1. By: Benito Arruñada
    Abstract: Computerised databases and the Internet have recently made publication of company accounts potentially less costly and more useful, thanks to electronic filing and universal online access to credit information systems. These developments advise against simplification policies that would reduce the scope of mandatory publication. Instead, they encourage policies pursuing a broader efficiency goal, achievable by reducing costs and enhancing value through administrative reforms of filing, archive and retrieval systems. Survey and registry evidence on how the information in the accounts is valued and used by firms fully supports these claims.
    Keywords: Financial disclosure, company accounts, credit registries, business simplification
    JEL: G32 K22
    Date: 2008–05

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