IFRS adoption and company conservatism in Colombia and Brazil

Marta Cristina Pelucio-Grecco, Cecilia Moraes Santostaso Geron, Hugo Arles Macias-Cardona


We analysed changes in the levels of conservatism in Colombia and Brazil after International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) adoption, in accordance with the theory of cultural influence in accounting (Gray, 1988). We found that IFRS adoption resulted in decreased conservatism of accounting practices in Brazil; however, it resulted in increased conservatism in Colombia. We found uniformity in conservatism among economic sectors in Brazil. In Brazil and Colombia, the industrial, investment, commercial, and financial sectors showed a decrease in conservatism, as expected. The service and public sectors showed an important increase in conservatism in Colombia, however.


IFRS; theory of cultural influence; conservatism index; Brazil; Colombia

Full Text: PDF

ISSN: 1984-8196 - Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

São Leopoldo, RS. Av. Unisinos, 950. Bairro Cristo Rei, CEP: 93.022 -750. Atendimento Unisinos +55 (51) 3591 1122

Crossref Member Badge Crossref Similarity Check logo