The Information Externality of Public Firms’ Financial Information in the State-Bond Secondary Market
Journal of Accounting Research, Volume 59, Issue 2
Posted: 24 May 2021
Date Written: May 1, 2021
This study provides evidence on the role of public firms’ financial reports in the state-bond secondary market. I investigate the informational role of corporate earnings announcements and find that public firms’ monthly earnings signals aggregated to the state level are positively associated with contemporaneous state-bond returns. Further analyses reveal that public firms’ earnings announcements predict traditional economic indicators and contain incremental information that is independent of the traditional economic indicators. In cross-sectional analyses, I show that the earnings–returns relation is especially pronounced when bondholders face longer investment horizons and higher credit risks. Taken together, the evidence indicates a positive externality of corporate financial reports in alleviating the opacity in the municipal bond secondary market.
Keywords: information externality; municipal debt; public ﬁnance; aggregate earnings; economic indicator
JEL Classification: D82, D83, H74, M40, M41
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