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Valuing voluntary disclosure using a real options approach

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  • Delaney, L.
  • Thijssen, J.

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This paper outlines a real options approach to valuing those announcements which are made by firms outside of their legal requirements. From the firm's perspective, information is disclosed only if the manager of the firm is sufficiently certain that the market response to the announcement will have a positive impact on the value of the firm.When debt financing is possible we find that the manager adopts a more transparent disclosure policy, thus violating the Modigliani-Miller theorem on irrelevance of capital structure.

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  • Delaney, L. & Thijssen, J., 2011. "Valuing voluntary disclosure using a real options approach," Working Papers 11/06, Department of Economics, City University London.
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    1. Waters, James, 2015. "Optimal design and consequences of financial disclosure regulation: a real options approach," MPRA Paper 63369, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. repec:cty:dpaper:8121 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Voluntary disclosure; real options; Modigliani-Miller theorem;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting

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