Signing the letter to shareholders: Does the Signatory’s role relate to impression management?

Author/s Saverio Bozzolan, Giovanna Michelon, Marco Mattei, Andrea Giornetti
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/1
Language English Pages 46 P. 37-82 File size 459 KB
DOI 10.3280/FR2019-001002
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In this paper, we study whether and how impression management in the letter to shareholders (LTS) is affected and related to the role of signatory (i.e. the person whose signature appears in the letter). Specifically, we argue and expect that impression management is associated with the underlying incentives to mislead outsiders that stem from the role of signatory. We find that impression management is more present when Insiders (executives or major shareholders) sign. We also find that the highest level of impression management is when the signatory holds an executive position and is not a major shareholder. Our evidence also suggests that the dichotomous classification between Insiders and Independent Directors is not sufficient to explain cross-sectional variation in impression management.

Jel codes: G39, M41

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Saverio Bozzolan, Giovanna Michelon, Marco Mattei, Andrea Giornetti, Signing the letter to shareholders: Does the Signatory’s role relate to impression management? in "FINANCIAL REPORTING" 1/2019, pp 37-82, DOI: 10.3280/FR2019-001002