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Owner Exposure Through Firm Disclosure

Müller, M. A., Peter, C. D. & Urzúa, F. ORCID: 0000-0003-4681-7684 (2023). Owner Exposure Through Firm Disclosure. Accounting Review, 98(6), pp. 381-405. doi: 10.2308/tar-2020-0270


We study whether firms avoid financial disclosures to preserve their owners’ financial privacy. We find that firms named after their owner, for whom firm disclosure would more directly expose owner information, are more opaque. Eponymous owners prefer firm opacity when disclosure exposes sensitive owner information with social stigma, in rural and anti-capitalist areas, and in insider-oriented settings with high secrecy and distrust. When firms are forced to disclose, eponymous owners more frequently change their firms’ names, and new firms are less frequently named after their founding owners. These findings indicate that owner-level privacy concerns dampen firm-level disclosure incentives.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in Accounting Review by American Accounting Association,
Publisher Keywords: privacy cost; disclosure; private firms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Bayes Business School > Finance
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