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Quality of financial reports: Evidence from the Tunisian firms



    (University of Sousse)

  • Wided YOUSFI

    (IUT de Montpellier and at Fiesta in the ISG de Tunis)

  • Mohamed Ali ZARAI

    (Al-Baha University KSA)


This paper studies the effect of the quality of annual reports on investor’s decisions in the Tunisian financial market. We measure the qualities of content and form of financial reports and their effects on investors’ decisions, particularly on stock prices. We used a sample of 175 publications between 2006 and 2010. Our results provide strong evidence that the content’s effect is higher than the form’s effect in making decisions.

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  • Emna JABALLAH & Wided YOUSFI & Mohamed Ali ZARAI, 2014. "Quality of financial reports: Evidence from the Tunisian firms," E3 Journal of Business Management and Economics., E3 Journals, vol. 5(2), pages 030-038.
  • Handle: RePEc:etr:series:v:5:y:2014:i:02:p:030-038

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    1. George K. Riro & Nelson M. Waweru & Enrico O. Uliana, 2016. "Quality of corporate reporting: case studies from an emerging capital market," Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 6(1), pages 31-52.


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