Accounting Principles and Practice

  • Robin John Limmack


In Chapter 2 both the objectives of financial reporting and the users of financial accounting information were introduced. A broad definition of the overall objective of financial reporting was identified as ‘the provision of information to various user groups for the purposes of making economic decisions’. As there are a variety of external (and internal) user groups each with specific needs which sometimes overlap and sometimes conflict, an addition was made to the above objective in accordance with the suggestion of May and Sundem, i.e., ‘with the objective of maximisation of social welfare’.1


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Notes and References

  1. 5.
    Y. Ijiri, Theory of Accounting Measurement, Studies in Accounting Research, No. 10 (American Accounting Association, 1975) p. 28.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., preface p. ix.Google Scholar
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    There are also two other forms of the EMH, the weak form in which security prices are said to reflect all past information on security price movements, and the strong form in which security prices are said to reflect all information relevant to the security, whether publicly available or not. Further references to the EMH and its relevance to financial reporting may be obtained by consulting S. M. Keane, Stock Market Efficiency (Oxford: Philip Allan, 1983).Google Scholar
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    For further discussion, see S. Zeff, ‘The Rise of “Economic Consequences”’, The Journal of Accountancy, vol. 146, no. 6, Dec. 1978, pp. 56–63. Reprinted in Bloom and Elgars, Accounting Theory and Policy, pp. 152–62.Google Scholar
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    J. R. Hicks, Value and Capital, 2nd edn (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1946) p. 172.Google Scholar
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    For a readily accessible resumé by Fisher, see I. Fisher, ‘Income and Capital’, in R. H. Parker and G. C. Harcourt (eds), Readings in the Concept and Measurement of Income (The University Press, Cambridge, 1969) pp. 33–53.Google Scholar
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    See, for example, E. O. Edwards and P. W. Bell, The Theory and Measurement of Business Income (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1961).Google Scholar
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    M. Moonitz, The Basic Postulates of Accounting, Accounting Research Study No. I (AICPA, 1962).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin John Limmack
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  1. 1.University of StirlingUK

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