Financial statement comparability and expected crash risk

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-312
Journal / PublicationJournal of Accounting and Economics
Issue number2-3
Online published11 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


This study examines the impact of financial statement comparability on ex ante crash risk. Using the comparability measures of De Franco et al. (2011), we find that expected crash risk decreases with financial statement comparability, and this negative relation is more pronounced in an environment where managers are more prone to withhold bad news. We also provide evidence that comparability can mitigate the asymmetric market reaction to bad versus good news disclosures. Our results suggest that financial statement comparability disinclines managers from bad news hoarding, which reduces investors' perceptions of a firm's future crash risk.

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  • Bad news hoarding, Expected crash risk, Financial statement comparability

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