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Impact of Integrated Reporting on Information Asymmetry: Evidence from Sri Lanka

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Samitha Rajapaksha ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Accounting
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Sampath Kehelwalatenna

University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Considering the dearth of empirical evidence on the impact of integrated reporting (IR) on information asymmetry in developing countries, this paper investigates the impact of IR on information asymmetry in Sri Lanka. A paired sample t-test and a panel regression analysis are employed to draw empirical evidence. Information asymmetry is proxied by earnings forecast error, earnings forecast dispersion, and cost of equity capital, whereas firms' IR level is measured using the IR framework. Findings indicate a significant reduction in information asymmetry upon adopting IR. Further, they reveal that the level of IR has a feeble but statistically significant negative impact on the cost of equity capital. Earnings forecast error and forecast dispersion do not indicate significant associations with IR levels. Given the substantial cross-country differences, this paper offers a better understanding of the impact of IR on information asymmetry from a developing country setting where the adoption of IR is voluntary.
How to Cite: Rajapaksha, S. and Kehelwalatenna, S., 2022. Impact of Integrated Reporting on Information Asymmetry: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Colombo Business Journal, 13(2), pp.76–108. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cbj.v13i2.125
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Published on 31 Dec 2022.
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