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Quality of financial reports: Evidence from the Tunisian firms


  • Emna Jaballah

    (Université de Sousse)

  • Wided Yousfi

    (MRM - Montpellier Research in Management - UPVM - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3 - UM2 - Université Montpellier 2 - Sciences et Techniques - UPVD - Université de Perpignan Via Domitia - UM1 - Université Montpellier 1 - Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) - Montpellier Business School - UM - Université de Montpellier, ISG - Institut Supérieur de Gestion de Tunis [Tunis] - Université de Tunis)

  • Mohamed Ali Zarai

    (Al-Baha University)


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," Post-Print hal-02050841, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-02050841
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