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Market valuation of greenhouse gas emissions under a mandatory reporting regime: evidence from the UK
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO). Essex Business School, University of Essex, United Kingdom.
2017 (English)In: Accounting Forum, ISSN 0155-9982, E-ISSN 1467-6303, Vol. 41, no 3, p. 221-233Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study provides evidence on the potential benefits of mandatory environmental reporting for listed firms market valuation. It takes advantage of recent regulation that requires all listed firms in the UK to report their annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their annual reports and shows that the magnitude of the negative association between GHG emissions and the market value of listed firms decreased after the introduction of the reporting regulation. This decline is attributed to regulation forestalling shareholders negative reflexive reaction towards firms carbon disclosures, as proposed by the theoretical work of Unerman and ODwyer (2007). 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 41, no 3, p. 221-233
Keywords [en]
Greenhouse gas emissions; Value relevance; London Stock Exchange; Mandatory disclosures; Reporting regulationa
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31673DOI: 10.1016/j.accfor.2017.02.003ISI: 000415658000007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85016478238OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31673DiVA, id: diva2:958302
Available from: 2016-09-06 Created: 2016-09-06 Last updated: 2018-09-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Essays on the market valuation implications of mandatory corporate reporting
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The purpose of this dissertation is to enrich understanding on the market valuation implications of mandatory financial and non-financial reporting beyond and in relation to traditional accounting information. It is comprised of four individual essays each of which examines a different, and to some extent internationally unique, jurisdiction that can best serve the particular purpose of the essay as well as the overarching purpose of the dissertation.

The starting point of this empirical inquiry is the value relevance of purchased goodwill under IFRS and the moderating role that different levels of compliance with IFRS mandatory disclosures play on its market valuation. Similar to the first essay, the second essay focuses on traditional accounting information (specifically book value of equity and earnings) and examines potential differences on its market valuation before and after the mandatory introduction of an integrated reporting approach. The third essay focuses on mandatory carbon emissions reporting and compares its valuation relevance when such reporting is mandated by regulation vis-à-vis when it is voluntary. Finally, the fourth essay examines the market valuation interplay between mandatory financial and non-financial disclosures.

This dissertation intends to be of particular relevance first; to the accounting academic community which acknowledges that mandatory disclosures are not well understood and it calls for further research on how users of annual reports view mandatory disclosures and second; to accounting regulators. Empirical research on the value relevance of corporate reporting can provide useful insights into questions of interest to regulators because its research questions are often motivated by broader questions raised by these non-academic constituents. The dissertation in hand has similar motivations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2016. p. 48
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 109
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31675 (URN)978-91-86345-68-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-09-14, B1014, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-09-06 Created: 2016-09-06 Last updated: 2018-09-05Bibliographically approved

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