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The Continuing Debate Over Depreciation, Capital and Income (RLE Accounting)

1st Edition

Edited by Richard P. Brief


320 pages

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Beginning with first principles, then discussing the origin and evolution of the debate over depreciation, capital and income, several related topics are addressed in this volume originally published in 1993. These include the allocation problem, interest rate approximations, issues concerning financial reporting and analysis and the meaning and economic impact of ‘accounting error’. The underlying themes concern the importance of history and the need for an appreciation of basic concepts and relationships in accounting

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. Part 1: First Principles 1. Introduction, Dicksee’s Contribution to the Development of Accounting Theory and Practice 2. The Accountant’s Responsibility in Historical Perspective 3. Valuation, Matching and Earnings: The Continuing Debate Part 2: The Debate over Depreciation 4. The Origin and Evolution of Nineteenth-Century Asset Accounting 5. Depreciation theory in Historical Perspective 6. Hicks on Accounting 7. An Index of Growth due to Depreciation 8. A late Nineteenth Century Contribution to the Theory of Depreciation Part 3: A Solution to the Allocation Problem 9. A Least Squares Allocation Model 10. The Estimation Problem in Financial Accounting 11. A Reformulation of the Estimation Problem Part 4: Interest Rate Approximations 12. Yield Approximations: A History 13. Interest Approximations 14. Baily’s Paradox 15. A Note on Rediscovery and the Rule of 69 16. Weighted Average Earnings Per Share Part 5: Financial Reporting and Analysis 17. Corporate Financial Reporting at the Turn of the Century 18. Cumulative Financial Statements 19. Introduction, Estimating the Economic Rate of Return from Accounting 20. Approximate Error in Using Accounting Rates of Return to Estimate Economic Returns 21. Approximate Error in Using Accounting Rates of Return to Estimate Economic Returns: A Correction 22. The Role of the Accounting Rate of Return in Financial Statement Analysis Part 6: Accounting Error 23. Nineteenth Century Accounting Error 24. Accounting Error as a Factor in Business History

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About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Accounting

Accounting carries with its history a vast number of ideas which have slowly developed along with it.

The re-issued volumes in this set, available individually or as a set, together represent an unparalleled opportunity to build a library according to research interests or student requirements. They discuss the following:

  • history of accounting and the development of accounting theory
  • analysis of international accounting principles and international group accounting
  • accounting practice and the presentation & interpretation of accounts
  • inflation accounting and cash budgets and funds flow
  • the regulatory framework of accounting in the UK, China, and the USA
  • comparisons with international accounting standards.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / General