Analyst Industry Knowledge and School Tie Spillover
61 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2020 Last revised: 31 Mar 2021
Date Written: February 28, 2021
Relative to analysts without school ties, analysts with ties make more accurate forecasts and more profitable recommendations on non-tied firms in the same industry, suggesting that analysts acquire industry information through school ties. We conduct various tests to assess the relative importance of firm-specific vs. industry information reflected in connected analysts’ forecasts and recommendations. After Regulation Fair Disclosure, firm managers shift from privately disclosing firm-specific information to industry information, which is responsible for connected analysts’ continued (albeit smaller) information advantage. These results suggest selective disclosure of industry information is a legal gray area that deserves further regulatory attention.
Keywords: Financial Analysts, School Ties, Industry Information, Forecast Accuracy, Analyst Recommendations, Regulation Fair Disclosure
JEL Classification: G14, G17, G18
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