Accounting Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

3-2016

Publication Source

Review of Financial Studies

Volume

29

Issue

3

Start Page

787

Last Page

822

DOI

10.1093/rfs/hhv054

Abstract

We provide evidence that higher-quality disclosure standards are associated with stock returns that are less sensitive to noise driven by investors' moods. We identify return-mood sensitivity (RMS) based on the association between index returns and urban cloudiness, a source of short-term variation in mood. Based on a stylized model, we predict and find evidence consistent with higher-quality disclosure standards reducing RMS by tilting susceptible investors' trades toward information and by facilitating sophisticated investors' arbitrage. Our findings suggest that disclosure standards play an important role in enhancing price efficiency by reducing noise in returns, particularly noise related to investors' short-term moods.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Review of Financial Studies following peer review. The version of record is available online at: http://rfs.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/3/787.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017