Employee Ownership and Firm Disclosure

58 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2014

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Francesco Bova

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Yiwei Dou

New York University (NYU) - Department of Accounting

Ole-Kristian Hope

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

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Date Written: January 1, 2014

Abstract

Evidence suggests that managers have an incentive to keep information opaque with the market when negotiating with employees who can extract above-market rents from the firm. We argue that employee ownership should mitigate this incentive to extract above-market rents and, in turn, alleviate the firm’s need to keep information opaque. Consistent with our expectations and using a number of proxies for disclosure, we find that firms whose non-manager employees have strong bargaining power provide less disclosure. However, this effect is mitigated, the greater the equity in company common stock held by non-manager employees. Our results suggest a novel capital market benefit to employee ownership. Specifically, employee ownership for non-manager employees appears to benefit the firm by not only aligning goals between the firm and its employees, but by also increasing disclosure from the firm to all of its stakeholders by mitigating the firm’s need to keep information opaque.

Keywords: Employee ownership, employee bargaining power, disclosure, research design

JEL Classification: M10, M20, M40, M50, M51, P16, J20, J50, J51, J53, L21, G30

Suggested Citation

Bova, Francesco and Dou, Yiwei and Hope, Ole-Kristian, Employee Ownership and Firm Disclosure (January 1, 2014). Contemporary Accounting Research, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2373692

Francesco Bova

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

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Yiwei Dou

New York University (NYU) - Department of Accounting ( email )

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United States

Ole-Kristian Hope (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S1S4
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/Faculty/FacultyBios/Hope.aspx

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