Herd behavior in voluntary disclosure decisions: An examination of capital expenditure forecasts

This study documents behavior consistent with herding in voluntary disclosure decisions and investigates two possible reasons for this phenomenon. Based on theories of social learning and rational herds, herding in disclosure decisions may be due to managers’ use of information reflected in the past disclosure decisions of other firms (informational herding), and/or managers’ incentives to maintain or build a good reputation with investors (reputational herding). Employing a duration model for repeated events, I analyze the timing of capital expenditure forecasts for a broad sample of disclosing and nondisclosing firms. Results show that a firm’s propensity to release capital expenditure forecasts is positively associated….

Author: Brown, Nerissa Christine

Source: University of Maryland

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