Strategic Disclosure and Stock Returns: Theory and Evidence from U.S. Cross-Listing
50 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2006 Last revised: 27 Jan 2013
When a firm exercises discretion to disclose or withhold information (strategic disclosure), risk-averse investors command higher expected returns when expected cash flows decrease, producing a negative correlation between these expectations. Moreover, stock returns exhibit stronger reversal than they do when full disclosure is enforced. We propose a model that makes these predictions and provide consistent evidence using a panel of foreign firms that list ADRs. We find significant shifts in the time-series properties of stock returns for firms that undergo large changes in disclosure environments, such as those cross-listing on the NYSE/AMEX/NASDAQ and those from less-developed/emerging markets and code-law countries.
Keywords: Strategic disclosure, international financial markets, ADR cross-listing, return-news decomposition, panel VAR
JEL Classification: G14, G15, F30
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