Mandatory IFRS adoption and analyst forecast accuracy: the role of financial statement-based forecasts and analyst characteristics

  • Matthias Demmer
  • Paul Pronobis
  • Teri Lombardi YohnEmail author


This study examines whether the improvement in analyst forecast accuracy around mandatory IFRS adoption is associated with the improvement in the accuracy of financial statement-based forecasts. We find significant out-of-sample improvement in financial statement-based forecast accuracy around mandatory IFRS adoption and significant improvement in analyst forecast accuracy only in countries that made concurrent improvements to financial reporting enforcement. We show that the improvement in analyst forecast accuracy is associated with the improvement in financial statement-based forecast accuracy around IFRS adoption. We also show that analyst forecasts, particularly for firms whose analysts forecast under favorable conditions (i.e., analysts who are less busy with more experience and resources), have a greater association with financial statement-based forecasts, after mandatory IFRS adoption in countries with concurrent changes in enforcement.


Financial statement analysis Mandatory IFRS adoption Analyst forecasts Profitability forecasts 

JEL classification

M41 G17 



We thank Lakshmanan Shivakumar (editor), Jochen Bigus, Joachim Gassen, Max Hewitt, Marlene Plumlee, Eddie Riedl, Harm Schütt, and workshop participants at the Freie Universität Berlin, Drexel University, University of Kansas, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, the 38th EAA Annual Congress at Glasgow, and the 1st Accounting, Auditing and Analysis Workshop at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Part of this research was conducted while Paul Pronobis was an assistant professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.ESCP EuropeParisFrance
  3. 3.Kelley School of BusinessIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  4. 4.Kellogg School of ManagementNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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