Why do firms in emerging markets report? A stakeholder theory approach to study the determinants of non-financial disclosure in Latin America

Ignacio J. Duran, Pablo Rodrigo

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Abstract

Even though literature studying the determinants of non-financial disclosure (NFD) is pervasive, Latin America has been overlooked in this tradition. In this sense, scholars have not evidenced which factors compel companies in this context to report this information despite its voluntary nature. Drawing on Stakeholder Theory as a basis, we derive eight possible antecedents of NFD from extant literature and test them in a sample of 643 Latin American firms for a 10 year span (2006-2015). Using a logit panel model, our evidence indicates that firm size, market-to-book ratio, systematic risk, and industry membership are factors that pressure companies to report. However, contrary to our conceptual development we find that profitability and regulatory quality inversely affects NFD. This leads us to posit that Latin America is unique in terms of reporting because agency costs may arise when disclosing data and also that feeble regulations could summon firms to fill this void through NFD. We thus contribute to this strand by revealing that stakeholders in this milieu are essentially different than in developed countries, and therefore the underlying reasons to engage in NFD also differ.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3111
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 31 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Determinants
  • Latin America
  • Logit panel regression analysis
  • Non-financial disclosure
  • Stakeholder theory

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