The Dog that Did Not Bark: Limited Price Efficiency and Strategic Nondisclosure

Journal of Accounting Research, Volume 58, Issue 1

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Frank Zhou

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Yuqing Zhou

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Anderson School of Management, Students

Date Written: March 1, 2020

Abstract

Theory posits that investors can rationally infer the implications of strategic nondisclosure for firm value, pressuring managers to disclose information voluntarily. This study documents that the lack of an earnings guidance predicts an abnormal return of −41 basis points around the subsequent quarterly earnings announcement, suggesting that investors do not fully incorporate the implications of nonguidance. Further analyses demonstrate that limitations in price efficiency, driven by investors' limited attention and short‐selling constraints, explain the mispricing of nonguidance and are associated with less guidance issuance. Our results collectively highlight limited price efficiency as another friction when studying managers' strategic disclosure decisions.

Keywords: mispricing of nonguidance; limited attention; short-selling constraints; voluntary disclosure

JEL Classification: G14; M41

Suggested Citation

Zhou, Frank and Zhou, Yuqing, The Dog that Did Not Bark: Limited Price Efficiency and Strategic Nondisclosure (March 1, 2020). Journal of Accounting Research, Volume 58, Issue 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

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Yuqing Zhou

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Anderson School of Management, Students ( email )

Los Angeles, CA
United States

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