Accounting development and international financial reporting standards in small island economies: The case of Mauritius between 1960 and 2008

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Title Accounting development and international financial reporting standards in small island economies: The case of Mauritius between 1960 and 2008
Author Boolaky, Pran Krishansing
Journal Name Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the accounting development process and international financial reporting standards (IFRS) in small island economies (SIEs), with particular reference to Mauritius. SIEs are different from large economies in terms of economic and political dependence, colonial influences and international pressures, as well as vulnerability to natural shocks. Design/methodology/approach – This paper uses Briston's Accounting Evolutionary Theory (BAET) and the Transcendental Stage of Accounting Development (TSAD) proposed by Boolaky and adopts a descripto-explanatory research tradition to explain accounting development and IFRS in Mauritius. Data on key development economic policies between 1960 and 2008 are collected and analysed using secondary sources, whereas data related to colonisation and basis of legal system are archived from the National Library. Findings – Mauritius has experienced little difficulty compared to other countries in the African region such as Madagascar, Mozambique, Angola, Swaziland etc. in its accounting development process because it is used to the Anglo-Saxon accounting system, has adopted the phase-by-phase development process, has an adequate supply of professionally qualified accountants and made IFRS compliance mandatory in 2001 through the revised Companies Act, 2001 and through the revision of other related legislations. As regards IFRS, Mauritius has a legal, political, business and economic environment conducive to sustain IFRS. Research limitations/implications – This paper applies BAET to examine accounting development from basic book-keeping to IFRS adoption in Mauritius. It also explains that there is a transcendental stage of accounting development which BAET has not taken into consideration. Originality/value – There is no previous study which has used BAET and TSAD to examine accounting development and IFRS in small island jurisdictions. Previous studies have mostly focused on large economies. This paper also provides a basis for future research in similar jurisdictions.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 2
Issue Number 1
Page from 4
Page to 29
ISSN 2042-1168
Date Accessioned 2012-04-27; 2012-09-20T23:03:48Z
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Accounting
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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