The financial reporting environment: Review of the recent literature

Anne Beyer, Daniel A. Cohen, Thomas Lys*, Beverly Walther

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The corporate information environment develops endogenously as a consequence of information asymmetries and agency problems between investors, entrepreneurs, and managers. We review current research on the three main decisions that shape the corporate information environment in capital market settings: (1) managers' voluntary disclosure decisions, (2) disclosures mandated by regulators, and (3) reporting decisions by analysts. We conclude that, in the last ten years, research has generated several useful insights. Despite this progress, we call for researchers to consider interdependencies between the various decisions that shape the corporate information environment and suggest new and interesting issues for researchers to address.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-343
Number of pages48
JournalJournal of Accounting and Economics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010



  • Analysts
  • Information environment
  • Mandatory disclosures
  • Regulation
  • Voluntary disclosures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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