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Strategic Accounting Disclosure (Foundations and Trends(r) in Accounting), Stocken, Phillip C.
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Author Name:    Stocken, Phillip C.

Title:   Strategic Accounting Disclosure (Foundations and Trends(r) in Accounting)

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Now Publishers Inc 

ISBN Number:   1601986920 / 9781601986924

Seller ID:   ING9781601986924

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Strategic Accounting Disclosure focuses on accounting disclosure within a non-contractual setting in which Revelation Principle does not apply. It examines a setting featuring a sender-a firm manager or a sell-side equity analyst-who has some information about a firm to communicate to a receiver-an investor-to help value the firm. It considers models that assume there are constraints on the sender's communication, or if there are no constraints on the sender, the receiver cannot commit to use the sender's report in a particular way. With this assumption in place, this monograph surveys the strategic mandatory and voluntary disclosure literature and partitions it into three types of disclosure regimes: 1. On one end of the continuum, the author outlines the primary frameworks in persuasion games. In these games, the sender's report is restricted to be truthful although the sender may withhold information. 2. On the other end of the continuum, the author describes costless signaling games. In these games, the sender is free to issue vague or even misleading reports. It illustrates the "cheap talk" model and discusses research that has extended this framework to better understand communication within the financial reporting environment. 3. Between the two ends of the continuum, the author discusses costly signaling games. In these games, the sender can misreport the signal but only at some cost. Strategic Accounting Disclosure distills the key ingredients in these frameworks and uses common notation to emphasize their relation and innovation. The author surveys subsequent work that uses each primary framework to deepen our understanding of firm communication. The monograph emphasizes that the specific characteristics of the institutional environment affect the equilibrium properties of a firm's disclosure policy and an investor's information set. The motivation for simply representing these frameworks and then outlining the related literature that applies them is to make the accounting disclosure literature more accessible to doctoral students to whom this monograph is targeted.

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