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Not Only What but Also When: A Theory of Dynamic Voluntary Disclosure

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  • Ilan Guttman
  • Ilan Kremer
  • Andrzej Skrzypacz

We examine a dynamic model of voluntary disclosure of multiple pieces of private information. In our model, a manager of a firm who may learn multiple signals over time interacts with a competitive capital market and maximizes payoffs that increase in both period prices. We show (perhaps surprisingly) that in equilibrium later disclosures are interpreted more favorably even though the time the manager obtains the signals is independent of the value of the firm. We also provide sufficient conditions for the equilibrium to be in threshold strategies.

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Volume (Year): 104 (2014)
Issue (Month): 8 (August)
Pages: 2400-2420

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:104:y:2014:i:8:p:2400-2420
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.8.2400
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  1. Viral V. Acharya & Peter DeMarzo & Ilan Kremer, 2011. "Endogenous Information Flows and the Clustering of Announcements," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(7), pages 2955-2979, December.
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