Analyst coverage and corporate tax aggressiveness
54 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2014 Last revised: 21 Sep 2016
Date Written: May 1, 2015
We examine the impact of analyst coverage on corporate tax aggressiveness. To address endogeneity concerns, we perform a difference-in-differences analysis using a setting which causes exogenous decreases in analyst coverage. Our tests identify a negative causal effect of analyst coverage on tax aggressiveness, suggesting that higher analyst coverage constrains corporate tax aggressiveness. Further cross-sectional variation tests find that this constraining effect on tax aggressiveness is more pronounced in firms with lower investor recognition and firms with more opaque information environments. Our results are consistent with the notion that higher analyst coverage increases the visibility of aggressive tax planning behavior as well as heightens analysts’ demand for more transparent information, which in turn reduces tax aggressiveness.
Keywords: Corporate tax aggressiveness; analyst coverage; investor recognition; information asymmetry; market pressure; natural experiment
JEL Classification: H20, G34, M41
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