Voluntary Disclosure and the Cost of Capital
35 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2013
Date Written: October 1, 2013
We investigate the association between voluntary disclosure and the risk-related discount investors apply to price. First, we study the association between (endogenous) disclosure choice and the discount in price induced by changes in the underlying model parameters: this is akin to an empirical study that overlooks the role of endogenity. Second, we investigate the incremental effect of disclosure on the discount in price: this is akin to an empirical study that controls for the direct effect of exogenous factors on the discount in price. Finally, we examine the incremental effect of disclosure on the discount in price when changes in disclosure are not induced by changes in underlying exogenous parameters: this is akin to an empirical study that controls for the effect of exogenous factors on both the discount in price and disclosure, and focuses on the association between “unexplained disclosure” and the discount.
Keywords: Cost of capital, voluntary disclosure
JEL Classification: G12, G14, G31, M41
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