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Information design and capital formation

Andrés Carvajal, Marzena Rostek and Guillaume Sublet ()

Journal of Economic Theory, 2018, vol. 176, issue C, 255-292

Abstract: Could a firm benefit from not disclosing all of its private information before its stock is traded in public financial markets? So long as the investors' marginal utility function is convex and the investors differ only in their risk-sharing needs, three substantive results hold: (1) a full disclosure policy minimizes the value of the firm; (2) lifting a mandate of full disclosure does not imply that firms will necessarily choose to withhold information maximally; and (3) with many firms that strategically choose disclosure policies, all Nash equilibria display only partial disclosure. Our insight is based on the role that the firm's equity can play as a risk-sharing device: if the firm chooses to keep some information private, its stock can be used by investors to hedge against risk.

Keywords: Information disclosure; Information design; Value of information; Financial regulation; Crowdfunding; Initial public offerings (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G18 G32 G38 D80 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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