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Security analysis, agency costs, and UK firm characteristics

  • Doukas, John A.
  • McKnight, Phillip J.
  • Pantzalis, Christos

This paper assesses the monitoring power of security analysts from the manager-shareholder conflict perspective. Using a sample of UK firms tracked by security analysts, our evidence supports the view that security analysis acts as a monitoring mechanism in reducing agency costs. We also find that security analysts are more effective in reducing agency costs for smaller and more focused firms rather than larger and more diversified firms suggesting that for larger and more complex firms security analysis is less effective. The UK findings suggest that the monitoring role of security analysts is not restricted to the U.S. capital market environment.

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Volume (Year): 14 (2005)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 493-507

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Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:14:y:2005:i:5:p:493-507
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