Individualistic Cultures and Crash Risk

European Financial Management, Forthcoming

FIRN Research Paper No. 2711204

45 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2016 Last revised: 19 Apr 2018

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Tung Lam Dang

The University of Danang

Robert W. Faff

University of Queensland

Hoang Luong

The University of Queensland - UQ Business School

Lily Nguyen

The University of Queensland - UQ Business School

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

This study examines whether individualistic national culture is associated with stock price crash risk (“crash risk”) for a sample of firms from 36 countries over the period of 1990 to 2015. We find robust evidence that firms in more individualistic cultural settings exhibit higher future crash risk. Digging deeper, we find that earnings management, excessive managerial risk-taking, and investors’ difference of opinion and overconfidence are all possible explanations for the positive effect of individualism on crash risk. Overall, our findings suggest that individualism, as a key cultural dimension, has an important impact on investor welfare, manifested through crash risk.

Keywords: National culture; Individualism; Overconfidence; Stock price crash risk

JEL Classification: G12; G15

Suggested Citation

Dang, Tung Lam and Faff, Robert W. and Luong, Hoang and Nguyen, Lily, Individualistic Cultures and Crash Risk (March 2018). European Financial Management, Forthcoming; FIRN Research Paper No. 2711204. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2711204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2711204

Tung Lam Dang

The University of Danang ( email )

41 Le Duan street
Danang
Vietnam

Robert W. Faff

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Hoang Luong

The University of Queensland - UQ Business School ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Lily Nguyen (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - UQ Business School ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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