Global Outsourcing and Voluntary Disclosure
Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Forthcoming
68 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2020 Last revised: 29 Nov 2023
Date Written: November 24, 2023
Reliance on global outsourcing has become an economic imperative for many major corporations worldwide, but at the same time, it has brought substantial risks and complexities to these firms. This study employs novel international supply chain data to examine whether global outsourcing of goods or services shapes U.S. corporate disclosure policies. Our main results suggest a negative impact of global outsourcing exposure on voluntary disclosure, and several identification tests further support this baseline evidence. We find that the adverse effect on disclosure is more pronounced when institutional differences are more significant between the U.S. and foreign suppliers’ countries and when U.S. firms face higher litigation risks. However, the effect weakens when investors and stakeholders demand more information. Collectively, our study provides new insights into the economic implications of outsourcing globally from an information disclosure perspective.
Keywords: Global Outsourcing, Voluntary Disclosure; Supply Network
JEL Classification: F23, G14, M41
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