Do Family Firms Provide More or Less Voluntary Disclosure?
Posted: 23 Nov 2007 Last revised: 5 Mar 2014
We examine the voluntary disclosure practices of family firms. We find that, compared to non-family firms, family firms provide fewer earnings forecasts and conference calls, but more earnings warnings. Whereas the former is consistent with family owners having a longer investment horizon, better monitoring of management, and lower information asymmetry between owners and managers, the higher likelihood of earnings warnings is consistent with family owners having greater litigation and reputation cost concerns. We also document that family ownership dominates non-family insider ownership and concentrated institutional ownership in explaining the likelihood of voluntary disclosure. Using alternative proxies for founding family's presence in the firm leads to similar results.
Keywords: founding family, equity ownership, voluntary disclosure, earnings forecasts, earnings warnings
JEL Classification: D82, G14, G32, G34, K22, M41, M45
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