Accounting Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

3-2010

Publication Source

Journal of Accounting Research

Volume

48

Issue

1

Start Page

1

Last Page

19

DOI

10.1111/j.1475-679X.2009.00357.x

Abstract

This paper investigates whether the business press serves as an information intermediary. The press potentially shapes firms' information environments by packaging and disseminating information, as well as by creating new information through journalism activities. We find that greater press coverage reduces information asymmetry (i.e., lower spreads and greater depth) around earnings announcements, with broad dissemination of information having a bigger impact than the quantity or quality of press-generated information. These results are robust to controlling for firm-initiated disclosures, market reactions to the announcement, and other information intermediaries. Our findings suggest that the press helps reduce information problems around earnings announcements.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: BUSHEE, B. J., CORE, J. E., GUAY, W. and HAMM, S. J.W. (2010), The Role of the Business Press as an Information Intermediary. Journal of Accounting Research, 48: 1–19. , which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/j.1475-679X.2009.00357.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.