Insider Trading Restrictions and Analysts' Incentives to Follow Firms
Robert M. Bushman
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Joseph D. Piotroski
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Abbie J. Smith
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
Motivated by extant finance theory predicting that insider trading crowds out private information acquisition by outside investors, we use analyst following data for 100 countries for the years 1987-1998, to study whether analyst following increases following adoption of or the initial enforcement of insider trading legislation. We document that both the intensity of analyst coverage (average number of analysts covering followed firms within a country) and breadth of coverage (the proportion of domestic listed firms followed by analysts) increase after initial enforcement of insider trading laws. We find that this increase is most prominent in emerging market and non-liberalized countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 54
Keywords: insider trading, analyst following, enforcement of laws
JEL Classification: D82, F30, G28, G29, K42, M41working papers series
Date posted: February 18, 2003
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