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

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  • Guttman, Ilan

    (Stanford University)

  • Kremer, Ilan

    (Stanford University)

  • Skrzypacz, Andrzej

    (Stanford University)

Abstract

We study a dynamic strategic model of voluntary disclosure of multiple pieces of information. Such situations are prevalent in real life, e.g., in corporate disclosure environments that are characterized by information asymmetry between the firm and the capital market with respect to whether, when, and what private information the firm has learned. We show (perhaps surprisingly) that due to dynamic strategic interaction between the firm and the capital market later disclosures are interpreted more favorably. We also provide sufficient conditions for the equilibrium to be in threshold strategies.

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  • Guttman, Ilan & Kremer, Ilan & Skrzypacz, Andrzej, 2012. "Not Only What but Also When: A Theory of Dynamic Voluntary Disclosure," Research Papers 2102, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
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    1. Sergiu Hart & Ilan Kremer & Motty Perry, 2017. "Evidence Games: Truth and Commitment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 107(3), pages 690-713, March.
    2. Ganglmair, Bernhard & Holcomb, Alex & Myung, Noah, 2016. "Cutthroats or comrades: Information sharing among competing fund managers," MPRA Paper 71506, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. repec:eee:gamebe:v:107:y:2018:i:c:p:380-395 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Eliaz, Kfir & Frug, Alexander, 2016. "When to Learn What in Bilateral Trade," CEPR Discussion Papers 11350, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    5. Kfir Eliaz & Alexander Frug, 2016. "Bilateral trade with strategic gradual learning," Economics Working Papers 1543, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Sep 2017.

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    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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