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A new measure of earnings forecast uncertainty

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  • Sheng, Xuguang
  • Thevenot, Maya

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Relying on the well-established theoretical result that uncertainty has a common and an idiosyncratic component, we propose a new measure of earnings forecast uncertainty as the sum of dispersion among analysts and the variance of mean forecast errors estimated by a GARCH model. The new measure is based on both common and private information available to analysts at the time they make their forecasts. Hence, it alleviates some of the limitations of other commonly used proxies for forecast uncertainty in the literature. Using analysts' earnings forecasts, we find direct evidence of the new measure's superior performance.

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  • Sheng, Xuguang & Thevenot, Maya, 2012. "A new measure of earnings forecast uncertainty," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 21-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:53:y:2012:i:1:p:21-33
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jacceco.2011.11.001
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    1. Bert de Bruijn & Philip Hans Franses, 2015. "How Informative are the Unpredictable Components of Earnings Forecasts?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 15-032/III, Tinbergen Institute.
    2. Bert de Bruijn & Philip Hans Franses, 2013. "Forecasting Earnings Forecasts," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 13-121/III, Tinbergen Institute.
    3. Sam Han & Justin Yiqiang Jin & Tony Kang & Gerald Lobo, 2014. "Managerial Ownership and Financial Analysts’ Information Environment," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 41(3-4), pages 328-362, April.
    4. Xuguang Sheng & Maya Thevenot, 2013. "Differential Interpretation of Public Information: Estimation and Inference," Working Papers 2013-03, American University, Department of Economics.
    5. Xuguang Sheng & Orie Barron & Maya Thevenot, 2012. "Information Environment and the Cost of Capital: A New Approach," Working Papers 2012-12, American University, Department of Economics.
    6. Sheng, Xuguang (Simon) & Thevenot, Maya, 2015. "Quantifying differential interpretation of public information using financial analysts’ earnings forecasts," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 515-530.
    7. Sanjay W. Bissessur & David Veenman, 2016. "Analyst information precision and small earnings surprises," Review of Accounting Studies, Springer, vol. 21(4), pages 1327-1360, December.
    8. Orie Barron & Xuguang Sheng & Maya Thevenot, 2013. "Information Environment and The Cost of Capital," Working Papers 2013-003, The George Washington University, Department of Economics, Research Program on Forecasting.
    9. Bert de Bruijn & Philip Hans Franses, 2012. "What drives the Quotes of Earnings Forecasters?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-067/4, Tinbergen Institute.

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    Keywords

    Uncertainty; Analyst dispersion; Common information; Private information; BKLS; GARCH;

    JEL classification:

    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting
    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics

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