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Insider Trading Restrictions and Analysts' Incentives to Follow Firms

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  • ROBERT M. BUSHMAN
  • JOSEPH D. PIOTROSKI
  • ABBIE J. SMITH
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    Motivated by extant finance theory predicting that insider trading crowds out private information acquisition by outsiders, we use data for 100 countries for the years 1987-2000 to study whether analyst following in a country increases following restriction of insider trading activities. We document that analyst following increases after initial enforcement of insider trading laws. This increase is concentrated in emerging market countries, but is smaller if the country has previously liberalized its capital market. We also find that analyst following responds less intensely to initial enforcement when a country has a preexisting portfolio of strong investor protections. Copyright 2005 by The American Finance Association.

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    Article provided by American Finance Association in its journal The Journal of Finance.

    Volume (Year): 60 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 (02)
    Pages: 35-66

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:60:y:2005:i:1:p:35-66

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    9. Laura Nyantung Beny, 2005. "Do Insider Trading Laws Matter? Some Preliminary Comparative Evidence," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp741, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
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    14. Inci, A. Can, 2012. "Insider trading activity, tenure length, and managerial compensation," Global Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 151-166.

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