Voluntary Disclosure, Price Informativeness, and Efficient Investment
101 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2020 Last revised: 7 Mar 2022
Date Written: March 6, 2022
This paper studies efficiency implications of voluntary disclosure where market prices are a source of information for corporate investment-making. To improve her investment decision, a manager discloses her private information if it crowds-in informed trading and helps her to learn more information from the market. However, such disclosing behavior generates an unintended consequence: It reduces informed trading and harms investment-making whenever there is no disclosure. The efficiency loss after nondisclosure may dominate, implying that voluntary disclosure can be a source of real inefficiency through distorting market feedback. The model provides important empirical and policy implications regarding feedback-intended voluntary disclosure.
Keywords: Voluntary Disclosure, Price Informativeness, Investment Eﬃciency, No News Is Bad News
JEL Classification: D82, G14, G31, M41
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