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Strategic Transparency and Informed Trading: Will Capital Market Integration Force Convergence of Corporate Governance ?


  • Enrico C. PEROTTI
  • Ernst-Ludwig VON THADDEN


Dominant investors can influence the publicly available information about firms by affecting the cost of information collection. Under strategic competition, transparency results in higher variability of profits and output. Thus lenders prefer less transparency, since this protects firms when in a weak competitive position, while equityholders prefer more. Market interaction creates strategic complementarity in gathering information on competing firms, thus entry by transparent competitors will affect price informativeness. Moreover, as the return to information gathering increases with liquidity, increasing global trading may undermine the ability of bank control to keep firms opaque.

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  • Enrico C. PEROTTI & Ernst-Ludwig VON THADDEN, 1998. "Strategic Transparency and Informed Trading: Will Capital Market Integration Force Convergence of Corporate Governance ?," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) 9804, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP, revised Jul 2002.
  • Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:9804

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    corporate transparency; corporate governance; financial markets; product market competition;

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    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm

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