How Do Experienced Analysts Improve Price Efficiency?

50 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2014 Last revised: 4 Feb 2020

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Ali C. Akyol

University of Ottawa; University of Melbourne; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Paul Hribar

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Yiming Qian

University of Connecticut

Frank Yu

China Europe International Business School

Date Written: February 3, 2020

Abstract

We document that the accrual anomaly is substantially mitigated for firms followed by more experienced analysts. We then examine research and monitoring as possible channels through which experience mitigates mispricing. For firms followed by more experienced analysts, we find that forecast revisions and stock prices respond more positively to the accrual component of earnings. We further find that accrual quality is higher in firms followed by more experienced analysts, which holds after using both propensity score matching and exogenous events of brokerage closures and mergers to control for endogeneity. Finally, our results indicate that only years of experience directly covering the firm matter while experience covering other firms is not associated with greater price efficiency. Collectively, our results are consistent with monitoring being the primary mechanism by which experienced analysts reduce accrual mispricing.

Keywords: Financial Analysts, Accrual Anomaly, Experience, Accrual Quality

JEL Classification: G14, G24, J24

Suggested Citation

Akyol, Ali C. and Hribar, Paul and Qian, Yiming and Yu, Fang, How Do Experienced Analysts Improve Price Efficiency? (February 3, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2448041 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2448041

Ali C. Akyol

University of Ottawa ( email )

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Paul Hribar

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business ( email )

Dept. of Accounting
Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
United States
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Yiming Qian (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut ( email )

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Storrs, CT 06269
United States
860-486-2774 (Phone)

Fang Yu

China Europe International Business School ( email )

669 Hongfeng Road
Pudong
Shanghai, 201206
China

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