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An Empirical Study on Value Relevance of Fair Value: Based on the Data of Financial Industry and Manufacturing Industry in China

Version 1 : Received: 8 December 2017 / Approved: 11 December 2017 / Online: 11 December 2017 (05:25:13 CET)

How to cite: Wu, J. An Empirical Study on Value Relevance of Fair Value: Based on the Data of Financial Industry and Manufacturing Industry in China. Preprints 2017, 2017120055 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201712.0055.v1). Wu, J. An Empirical Study on Value Relevance of Fair Value: Based on the Data of Financial Industry and Manufacturing Industry in China. Preprints 2017, 2017120055 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201712.0055.v1).

Abstract

Economic development and advancements in information technology contributed to the shift on accounting objective from commission responsibility view to decision-making useful view. The decision-making useful view claims that the accounting measurement methods should be changed to improve the usefulness of accounting information, to enable information users to make correct decisions. In addition, the development of financial instruments leads to the birth of fair value accounting. In recent years, fair value has been one of the most important measurement methods in the International Accounting Standard and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. However, China has been quite cautious when it comes to applying fair value full time, especially after the global financial crisis happened in 2008, wherein fair value accounting was exposed to strong suspicion. Hence, studying the value relevance of fair value is of great significance to exploring the accounting profession and reforming accounting standards. This paper attempts to investigate the value-relevance of fair value based on the data of listed financial companies and manufacturing companies in China. The results indicate that the fair value information in the financial industry has a strong explanatory influence to corporate share price. In contrast, the fair value information shows limited relevance in the manufacturing industry. Finally, consulting with the results of normative analysis and empirical study, this paper suggests several rational advices for the application of fair value in China.

Subject Areas

fair value; value-relevance; decision-making useful view; price model

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