Financial Reporting Frequency and Corporate Innovation
Journal of Law and Economics, Forthcoming
49 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2019 Last revised: 1 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 30, 2020
We examine how the regulation of financial reporting frequency affects corporate innovation. We use a difference-in-differences approach based on a sample of treatment firms that experience a change in their reporting frequency and matched industry peers and control firms whose reporting frequency remains unchanged. We find that higher reporting frequency significantly reduces treatment firms’ innovation output, but find no evidence that the net externality effect on industry peers is statistically significant. Together, our results are consistent with the hypothesis that frequent reporting induces managerial myopia and impedes corporate innovation.
Keywords: regulation, reporting frequency, innovation, managerial myopia, externality
JEL Classification: G14, G18, M41, M45
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