Robert E. Verrecchia

Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania
Steinberg-Dietrich Hall
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Philadelphia, PA 19104

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

April 2009Information Asymmetry, Information Precision, and the Cost of Capital
with Richard A. Lambert, Christian Leuz: w14881
The consequences of information differences across investors in capital markets are still much debated. This paper examines the relation between information differences across investors and the cost of capital, and makes three points. First, in models of perfect competition, information differences across investors affect a firm's cost of capital through investors' average information precision, and not information asymmetry per se. Second, the average precision effect of information that is heterogeneously distributed across investors is unlikely to diversify away when there exist many firms whose cash flows covary. Thus, better disclosure can reduce a firm's cost of capital. Third, the precision effect does not give rise to a separate information-risk factor. These points are important t...

Published: Richard A. Lambert & Christian Leuz & Robert E. Verrecchia, 2011. "Information Asymmetry, Information Precision, and the Cost of Capital," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, vol. 16(1), pages 1-29. citation courtesy of

December 1999Intertemporal Tax Discontinuities
with Douglas A. Shackelford: w7451
This paper defines an intertemporal tax discontinuity (ITD) as a circumstance in which different tax rates are applied to gains and losses realized at one point in time versus some other point in time, and studies the effects of ITDs on market behaviors at the time of disclosures of firm performance. The results show that ITDs either depress or amplify trading volume at the time of disclosure, depending upon whether the disclosure is 'good news' or 'bad news,' repectively, and lead to 'overreactions' in price changes independent of the 'news.' We propose empirical tests of one intertemporal tax discontinuity, the spread between short-term capital gains tax rates and long-term capital gains tax rates. We predict that stock responses to disclosures, such as quarterly earnings announceme...

Published: Shackelford, Douglas A. and Robert E. Verrecchia. "Intertemporal Tax Discontinuities," Journal of Accounting Research, 2002, v40(1,Mar), 195-222. citation courtesy of

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