Causal Reasoning in Financial Reporting and Voluntary Disclosure
54 Pages Posted: 5 May 2011
Date Written: May 4, 2011
Causal reasoning involves understanding the cause of events that have already happened (i.e., diagnosis) as well as predicting which future events will occur (i.e., prediction). Although this type of reasoning is an important part of financial reporting and voluntary disclosure, very little research has relied on it as a basis for developing and interpreting testable research ideas. The purpose of this paper is twofold: First, we review key theories from psychology that pertain to causal reasoning. Second, we identify how these theories can be successfully used by behavioral researchers interested in financial reporting and voluntary disclosure.
Keywords: causal reasoning, accounting, financial reporting, voluntary disclosure, bias, behavioral, experiment, psychology, diagnosis, prediction
JEL Classification: M40, M41
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