Research Report Chinese Accounting for Stock Options
C. Eugene Steuerle
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For a long time I have tried to remain open on the issue of valuing stock options. I know that despite modern finance theory they can be hard to value perfectly, due mainly to their unusual and asymmetric risk structure and lack of open trading in the market. I have listened patiently to all the arguments of start-up companies who complain that it is somehow harder to give restricted stock than stock options to their executives. I know that valuation for financial purposes and for tax purposes are not exactly the same policy issue. Still, none of this offsets my fundamental distaste for accounting badly for income, a distaste that derives in no small part from my experience with Chinese accounting as it had evolved in the 1960s and even the 1970s.
Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center