Analyst coverage and corporate tax aggressiveness

Arthur Allen, Bill B. Francis, Qiang Wu, Yijiang Zhao

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Abstract

We examine the impact of analyst coverage on corporate tax aggressiveness. To address endogeneity concerns, we perform a difference-in-differences analysis using a setting which causes exogenous decreases in analyst coverage. Our tests identify a negative causal effect of analyst coverage on tax aggressiveness, suggesting that higher analyst coverage constrains corporate tax aggressiveness. Further cross-sectional variation tests find that this constraining effect on tax aggressiveness is more pronounced in firms with lower investor recognition and firms with more opaque information environments. Our results are consistent with the notion that higher analyst coverage increases the visibility of aggressive tax planning behavior as well as heightens analysts’ demand for more transparent information, which in turn reduces tax aggressiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-98
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Volume73
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Analyst coverage
  • Corporate tax aggressiveness
  • Information asymmetry
  • Investor recognition
  • Market pressure
  • Natural experiment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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