Do Better-Governed Australian Firms Make More Informative Disclosures?

W. Beekes, Philip Brown

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Abstract

We investigate whether and if so, how, corporate governance 'quality'(1) is related to the information flows from a company and how the share market and its agents respond. Specifically, we study links between the 'quality' of a firm's corporate governance (CGQ) and the informativeness of its disclosures. We employ six indicators of informativeness. They include document counts, properties of analysts' forecasts and a 'timeliness' metric, in the spirit of Ball and Brown (1968), that reflects the average speed of price discovery throughout the year. Our results suggest the answer to our question is 'Yes': better-governed firms do make more informative disclosures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-450
JournalJournal of Business Finance & Accounting
Volume33
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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