Do country characteristics influence the momentum effect? A recent study on the momentum effect around the globe
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Firms around the world have increasingly engaged in the disclosure of alternative performance measures. Prior research has found that managers can disclose such measures for informative or opportunistic reasons. However, evidence on the contextual factors that influence the likelihood of firms disclosing such measures is scarce. This thesis investigates which contextual factors influence the decision to disclose alternative performance measures. Using a worldwide sample of 926 high and mid-cap firms over the period 2013-2017, the results from a multilevel logistic regression indicate that the accounting standards followed, board independence and the legal system significantly influence the decision to disclose alternative performance measures. Moreover, it is found that the effect of board independence on alternative performance disclosure depends on the legal system. The findings contribute to the literature by providing international evidence on the context in which firms are likely to disclose alternative performance measures.
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