Accounting Policy Disclosures and Analysts' Forecasts
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management
August 2, 2002
Using an international sample, I investigate whether the extent of firms' disclosure of their accounting policies in the annual report is associated with properties of analysts' earnings forecasts. Controlling for firm - and country - level variables, I find that the level of accounting policy disclosure is significantly negatively related to forecast dispersion and forecast error. In particular, I find that accounting policy disclosures are incrementally useful to analysts over and above all other annual report disclosures. These findings suggest that accounting policy disclosures reduce uncertainty about forecasted earnings. I find univariate but not multivariate support for the hypothesis that accounting policy disclosures are especially helpful to analysts in environments where firms can choose among a larger set of accounting methods.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: accounting policy disclosures, financial analysts, forecast dispersion and error, international
JEL Classification: M41, G14, G29working papers series
Date posted: July 26, 2002
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