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Nonfinancial disclosure and analyst forecast accuracy: Evidences from CO2 emission and corporate social responsibility disclosures in the US

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https://ssrn.com/abstract=2795268
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-50
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2016

Abstract

We examine the association with analyst forecast quality of both CO2 emission disclosure and corporate social reporting for a sample of large US firms. Using a matched sample we find, for a one, two and three-year horizons, a significant reduction in error, bias and forecast dispersion and a significant improvement of the analysts’ information environment for those firms that disclose CO2 emissions. However, we confirm a significant negative association between corporate social responsibility reporting and forecast error only for a one-year horizon and bias for a one and two-year horizon. Previous work had demonstrated a significant negative association between forecast error and CSR disclosure for an international sample but not for the US. Our results suggest nonfinancial disclosure is relevant even in a liberal market economy with transparent financial reporting.  

    Research areas

  • CO2 emissions, Analyst forecast error, CSR, Propensity score matching, Corporate Social Reporting, Forecast Dispersion, Forecast Bias, CO2 Emissions Disclosure

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