Corporate Governance and the Information Environment: Evidence from State Antitakeover Laws
University of Pennsylvania - Accounting Department
University of Pennsylvania - Accounting Department; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
Daniel A. Cohen
University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management
June 17, 2011
Journal of Accounting & Economics (JAE), Forthcoming.
We examine the relation between corporate governance and firms’ information environments. We use the passage of state antitakeover laws in the U.S. as a source of exogenous variation in an important governance mechanism to identify changes in firms’ information environments. We find that information asymmetry and private information gathering decreased and that financial statement informativeness increased following the passage of the antitakeover laws. Cross-sectional analyses indicate that the increased level of financial statement informativeness is attributable to firms that are most likely to access equity markets rather than managerial entrenchment, managerial career concerns, or managers’ pursuit of the quiet life.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 51
Keywords: antitakeover laws, corporate governance, financial reporting quality, information asymmetry
JEL Classification: M41, G10Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 10, 2010 ; Last revised: November 15, 2011
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