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Disclosure requirements and stock exchange listing choice in an international context

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  • Huddart, Steven
  • Hughes, John S.
  • Brunnermeier, Markus

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We use a rational expectations model to examine how public disclosure requirements affect listing decisions by rent-seeking corporate insiders, and allocation decisions by liquidity traders seeking a minimize trading costs. We find that exchanges competing for trading volume engage in a ¶race for the top¶ whereunder disclosure requirements increase and trading costs fall. This result is robust to diversification incentives of risk-averse liquidity traders, institutional impediments that restrict the flow of liquidity, and listing costs. Under certain conditions, unrestricted liquidity flows to low disclosure exchanges. The consequences of cross-listing and harmonization of disclosure standards are modelled.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Volume (Year): 26 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1-3 (January)
Pages: 237-269

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:26:y:1999:i:1-3:p:237-269

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