Does IFRS and GRI adoption impact the understandability of corporate reports by Chinese listed companies?

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Accounting and Finance


This study examines whether the adoption of IFRS and GRI impacts the readability and conciseness of corporate reports. We investigate the corporate reports of the top 100 A-share listed Chinese companies from 2014 to 2018. Our results suggest that both readability and conciseness of the corporate reports are at a low level and indicate a downward trend over our sample period. We also find that IFRS adoption results in a longer and more readable report, whereas GRI adoption leads to a longer but less readable report. Our findings are of interest to academics, management, investors, and regulators.

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