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Managing reputation: Evidence from biographies of corporate directors

Ian D. Gow, Aida Sijamic Wahid and Gwen Yu

Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2018, vol. 66, issue 2, 448-469

Abstract: We examine how directors’ reputations are managed through disclosure choices. We focus on disclosures in the director biographies filed with the SEC. We find that a directorship on another board is more likely to be undisclosed when the other firm experienced an adverse event—such as an accounting restatement, securities litigation, or bankruptcy—during the director's tenure. Withholding such information is associated with a more favorable stock price reaction to the director's appointment and the loss of fewer subsequent directorships. These findings suggest that reputation concerns lead to strategic disclosure choices that have real consequences in capital and labor markets.

Keywords: Director monitoring; Reputational concerns; Strategic disclosure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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