Hirshleifer, David and Teoh, Siew Hong (2009): The Psychological Attraction Approach to Accounting and Disclosure Policy.
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We offer here the psychological attraction approach to accounting and disclosure rules, regulation, and policy as a program for positive accounting research. We suggest that psychological forces have shaped and continue to shape rules and policies in two different ways. (1) Good Rules for Bad Users: rules and policies that provide information in a form that is useful for users who are subject to bias and cognitive processing constraints. (2) Bad Rules: superfluous or even pernicious rules and policies that result from psychological bias on the part of the ‘designers’ (managers, users, auditors, regulators, politicians, or voters). We offer some initial ideas about psychological sources of the use of historical costs, conservatism, aggregation, and a focus on downside outcomes in risk disclosures. We also suggest that psychological forces cause informal shifts in reporting and disclosure regulation and policy, which can exacerbate boom/bust patterns in financial markets.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Psychological Attraction Approach to Accounting and Disclosure Policy|
|Keywords:||Investor psychology; accounting regulation; disclosure policy; salience; omission bias; scapegoating; limited attention; overconfidence; conservatism; loss aversion; accrual; smoothing; mental accounting; historical cost; risk disclosure; value-at-risk|
|Subjects:||M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M4 - Accounting and Auditing > M40 - General
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M4 - Accounting and Auditing
H - Public Economics > H1 - Structure and Scope of Government > H10 - General
K - Law and Economics > K2 - Regulation and Business Law > K22 - Business and Securities Law
G - Financial Economics > G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance > G38 - Government Policy and Regulation
G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G28 - Government Policy and Regulation
G - Financial Economics > G0 - General
|Depositing User:||David Hirshleifer|
|Date Deposited:||14. Mar 2009 02:08|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 12:02|
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