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Cross-border information transfers: evidence from profit warnings issued by European firms

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Accounting and Business Research
Issue number5
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)449-472
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper reports evidence on cross‐border accounting information transfers associated with profit warning announcements. Using a sample of firms from 29 European countries, we find that negative earnings surprises disclosed by firms in one country affect investors’ perceptions of comparable non‐announcing firms in other countries. The form and magnitude of cross‐border effects is consistent with domestic transfers. Tests explaining variation in cross‐border information transfers provide some (albeit rather limited) evidence that effects vary according to a range of firm‐, industryand country‐level characteristics.