The Informational Effects of Tightening Oil and Gas Disclosure Rules

Marc Badia, Miguel Duro, Bjorn N. Jorgensen*, Gaizka Ormazabal, Hans B. Christensen*

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Abstract

We exploit two regulatory shocks to examine the informational effects of tightening preexisting mandatory disclosure rules. Canadian National Instrument 51-101 in 2003 and the U.S. rule “Modernization of Oil and Gas Reporting” in 2009 introduced quasi-identical amendments which effectively tightened the rules governing oil and gas reserve disclosures in both countries. We document significant changes in firms' reporting outcomes when the new regulations are introduced. We also find that the reserve disclosures filed under the new regulations are more closely associated with stock price changes and with decreases in bid-ask spreads. Our findings are robust to controlling for other confounding factors such as time trends, other information disclosed simultaneously, financial reporting incentives, mispricing, and monitoring efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalContemporary Accounting Research
Volume37
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1720-1755
Number of pages36
ISSN0823-9150
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management

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