This study examines the impact of IFRS adoption on the financial reporting quality of private
and public Brazilian companies, measured through metrics for earnings smoothing,
discretionary accruals and management of earnings towards a target. Its findings suggest that
IFRS adoption in a country such as Brazil leads to higher quality financial reporting both in
private and public companies. We also found that public companies fare worse than their
private counterparts in terms of such quality, both before and after IFRS adoption. In addition,
we found a smaller gap between the quality of accounting information in public versus private
companies after IFRS adoption.