Country-Level Institutions and Management Earnings Forecasts
Forthcoming, Journal of International Business Studies
52 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 11, 2018
Using a comprehensive sample hand-collected from the original texts of management earnings forecasts from 27 countries, we provide descriptive evidence on the country-level institutional determinants and economic consequences of forecast characteristics. Using principal component factors constructed from a number of country-level institutional variables, we find that forecast disaggregation, frequency, precision, and attribution vary significantly with the business and accounting environment of a country. We further document that better quality management forecasts are generally associated with stronger stock market reactions and higher investment efficiency. Together, our findings suggest that country-level institutions play a vital role in voluntary disclosure characteristics.
Keywords: voluntary disclosure, management forecasts, investment efficiency
JEL Classification: M16, M41
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