Risk Reporting in Financial Crises: A Tale of Two Countries
International Journal of Accounting & Information Management, Vol. 29 No. 2, 2021, pp. 181-216. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJAIM-03-2020-0034
Posted: 11 May 2021
Date Written: May 11, 2021
Purpose – This paper aims to investigate the attributes and information content of risk reporting in two different institutional and regulatory, namely, Canadian and German, settings during the period surrounding the financial crisis of 2008.
Design/methodology/approach – For a matched sample of manufacturing firms in the period 2006–2010, this study conducts a detailed content analysis of annual reports to assess and compare the volume and patterns of risk disclosures. Panel regressions are used to explore how risk disclosures related to corporate risk proxies and performance indicators.
Findings – Over the sample period, Canadian and German firms increase the volume but largely maintain the patterns of risk disclosures. Risk disclosures relate to corporate risk proxies but are not incrementally informative to assess firm performance.
Originality/value – The paper contributes to research on risk reporting by providing detailed cross-country evidence for a period particularly shaped by significant risk. The findings have implications for the regulation and usefulness of risk reporting.
Keywords: Risk management, Operational risk, Risk disclosure, Non-financial risk, Information content, Manufacturing sector
JEL Classification: G01, M41
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