Economic Policy Uncertainty and Enterprise Earnings Information Content: Evidence from China

Du Guoliang, Du Xunliang, Lin Wen
2021 International Journal of Economics Finance and Management Sciences  
Earnings information as a key factor affecting investors' decisions, has attracted much attention from scholars in recent years. Based on the data of A-share listed companies from 2002 to 2019, this paper examines the impact of economic policy uncertainty on earnings information content of enterprises through multiple linear regression, empirical results show that: 1. the benchmark results show that the uncertainty of economic policy significantly improves the earnings information content of
more » ... erprises. The above conclusions still hold after changing the uncertainty index of economic policy, carrying out the lag and lag treatment during the uncertainty of economic policy, and carrying out the robustness test by changing the measure method; 2. mechanism studies show that enterprises are more likely to attract investors' attention under uncertain environment, and the "supervision" pressure from investors forces enterprises to reduce earnings management and increase information disclosure, thus enhancing investors' trust in corporate earnings; 3. the expansion study found that the more high-quality accounting information, so as to establish a good corporate reputation among investors. The research conclusion not only expands the existing literature on the impact of economic policy uncertainty on the content of corporate earnings information, but also provides a new perspective and new empirical evidence for understanding whether and how the uncertainty of economic policy will affect the content of corporate earnings information, and has a certain practical significance.
doi:10.11648/j.ijefm.20210905.15 fatcat:nyxtaco73beargxpeaz6i4syeq