Intra-industry information transfer in emerging markets: Evidence from China

Keqi TAM, Beibei LIU, Sonia WONG, Rita YIP

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Abstract

This study examines intra-industry information transfer in the emerging market of China, where financial and market institutions are underdeveloped and the majority of investors are inexperienced individual investors. In an analysis of the management earnings forecasts of publicly listed firms, we find that investors in China transfer information between peer firms, with a stronger transfer when earnings forecasts are more accurate and credible, and when the investors of non-announcing firms are more sophisticated. We also find that the non–market-based resource allocation and entry restrictions in China discourage intra-industry information transfer between firms. Overall, our results suggest that intra-industry information transfer in China is constrained by institutional barriers. Reforms aimed at removing these barriers can help enhance these markets’ stock price efficiency. Our results provide policy implications to other emerging markets with institutional environments similar to China.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106518
Pages (from-to)106518
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Volume140
Early online date21 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

We thank the anonymous reviewers for their careful review and insightful suggestions. We appreciate the comments from Professor Danqing Young and Professor Gao Jin. We acknowledge financial support from the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (LU1350117). All authors contributed equally.

Funding Information:
Sonia M. L. Wong and Rita W. Y. Yip acknowledge financial support from University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (LU 1350117).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Elsevier B.V.

Keywords

  • Business environment
  • China
  • Corporate transparency
  • Intra-industry information transfer
  • Investor sophistication

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