Information asymmetry, disclosure and foreign institutional investment: an empirical investigation of the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Abdioglu, Nida, Bamiatzi, Vassiliki, Cavusgil, S Tamer, Khurshed, Arif and Stathopoulos, Konstantinos (2015) Information asymmetry, disclosure and foreign institutional investment: an empirical investigation of the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. International Business Review, 24 (5). pp. 902-915. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

Do foreign institutional investors (FII) regard the introduction of rigorous disclosure requirements as a major incentive to invest in U.S. equities? We investigate the role of information asymmetry and the impact of firm-level disclosure on FII decisions. We use a unique context for analysis -- the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), and find that foreign institutional investors increase their equity holdings in U.S. listed firms following the passage of SOX. The increase in U.S. equity holdings is largely accounted by passive, non-monitoring FII, who have the most to gain from the SOX-led reduction in the value of private information.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Active and passive institutional investors, Information asymmetry, Institutional foreign investors, Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management
Depositing User: Vasiliki Bamiatzi
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 11:27
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 09:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87397

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