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Internal information quality and financial policy peer effects

Liu, Y., Padgett, C. and Yin, C. (2022) Internal information quality and financial policy peer effects. International Review of Financial Analysis, 84. 102357. ISSN 1057-5219

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2022.102357


This paper investigates how firms' internal information quality (IIQ) influences the peer effects of their financial policies. Using earnings announcement speed and insider trading profitability difference as measurements, we find that when IIQ is low, firms are more likely to change their leverage following a similar change made by peer firms in the same industry. Our further analysis shows that this mimicking behavior hurts firms' operating performance, and is more prevalent when firms are also characterized by poor corporate governance. Overall, our results indicate that poor information quality could amplify the agency problem, therefore leading to stronger peer effects in corporate financial policies.

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Divisions:Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:108513


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