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2010

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Moral Hazard, Firms’ Internal Governance And Management Earnings Forecasts, Jimmy Lee Jan 2010

Moral Hazard, Firms’ Internal Governance And Management Earnings Forecasts, Jimmy Lee

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This paper investigates the role of management earnings forecasts in mitigating information asymmetry between investors andmanagers relating to moral hazard, and explains how earnings guidance facilitates monitoring. I demonstrate that firms that are more susceptible to moral hazard problems and more difficult to monitor are also more likely to issue annual earningsforecasts and they do so more frequently. In addition, I examine how firm internal governance drives forecasting decisions andshow that stronger board governance and managerial equity incentives are associated with higher likelihood and frequency of forecast issuance. Finally, I provide robust evidence that managerial equity incentives are associated with …