Governance and Equity Prices: Does Transparency Matter?

Review of Finance, Forthcoming

51 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2011 Last revised: 11 Dec 2012

Lifeng Gu

The University of Hong Kong

Dirk Hackbarth

Boston University Questrom School of Business

Date Written: October 3, 2012

Abstract

This paper examines how accounting transparency and corporate governance interact. Firms with better governance are associated with higher abnormal returns, but even more so if they also have higher transparency. The effect is largely monotonic — it is small and insignificant for opaque firms and large and significant for transparent firms — and survives numerous robustness tests. We find supportive evidence for firm value and operating performance. Hence governance and transparency are complements. This complementarity effect is consistent with the view that more transparent firms are more likely takeover targets, because acquirers can bid more effectively and identify synergies more precisely.

Keywords: Accounting Transparency, Corporate Governance, Firm Performance, Takeovers

JEL Classification: G30, G34

Suggested Citation

Gu, Lifeng and Hackbarth, Dirk, Governance and Equity Prices: Does Transparency Matter? (October 3, 2012). Review of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1970294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1970294

Lifeng Gu

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Dirk Hackbarth (Contact Author)

Boston University Questrom School of Business ( email )

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United States
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