The Endogeneity Bias in the Relation Between Cost-of-Debt Capital and Corporate Disclosure Policy

V. Nikolaev, L.A.G.M. van Lent

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The purpose of this paper is twofold.First, we provide a discussion of the problems associated with endogeneity in empirical accounting research.We emphasize problems arising when endogeneity is caused by (1) unobservable firm specific factors and (2) omitted variables and discuss the merits and drawbacks of using panel data techniques to address these causes.Second, we investigate the magnitude of endogeneity bias in Ordinary Least Squares regressions of cost-of-debt capital on firm disclosure policy.We document how including a set of variables which theory suggests to be related with both cost-of-debt capital and disclosure and using fixed effects estimation in a panel dataset reduces the endogeneity bias and produces consistent results.This analysis reveals that the effect of disclosure policy on cost-of-debt capital is 200% higher than what is found in Ordinary Least Squares estimation.Finally, we provide direct evidence that disclosure is impacted by unobservable firm-specific factors that are also correlated with cost-of-capital.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherAccounting
Number of pages58
Volume2005-67
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2005-67

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Endogeneity bias
Corporate disclosure
Disclosure policy
Cost of debt
Disclosure
Endogeneity
Firm-specific factors
Ordinary least squares
Cost of capital
Fixed effects
Omitted variables
Accounting research
Panel data

Keywords

  • Disclosure policy
  • cost-of-debt capital
  • endogeneity

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Nikolaev, V., & van Lent, L. A. G. M. (2005). The Endogeneity Bias in the Relation Between Cost-of-Debt Capital and Corporate Disclosure Policy. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2005-67). Tilburg: Accounting.
Nikolaev, V. ; van Lent, L.A.G.M. / The Endogeneity Bias in the Relation Between Cost-of-Debt Capital and Corporate Disclosure Policy. Tilburg : Accounting, 2005. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Nikolaev, V & van Lent, LAGM 2005 'The Endogeneity Bias in the Relation Between Cost-of-Debt Capital and Corporate Disclosure Policy' CentER Discussion Paper, vol. 2005-67, Accounting, Tilburg.

The Endogeneity Bias in the Relation Between Cost-of-Debt Capital and Corporate Disclosure Policy. / Nikolaev, V.; van Lent, L.A.G.M.

Tilburg : Accounting, 2005. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2005-67).

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