Information Asymmetry

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This monograph will be of greatest interest to business researchers (financial/managerial accounting, economics and financial economics, marketing and management), but also to those interested in the related corporate governance ad public policy issues (political science and law).

This monograph seeks to provide a theoretical foundation and linkage between financial and managerial accounting. Just as the lines between the CPA-auditor or the financial analyst and consultants, underwriters, and management have been blurred through the Enron audit failure, so, too, will the lines between research streams relating to management (management accounting) and external parties (financial accounting) be less easily drawn.

After providing the theoretical foundation for information asymmetry in the first three sections, emphasis shifts to case studies. Section four focuses on case studies and issues relating to the transmission of symmetric and asymmetric information on the Internet

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Exhibits
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Sect. I Agency Theory and Principal-Agent Problems
Ch. 2 Adverse Selection 13
Ch. 3 Moral Hazard 27
Sect. II The Efficient Markets Hypothesis and Market Efficiency
Ch. 4 Public Information 51
Ch. 5 Private Information 63
Sect. III Theory Integration: Information Asymmetry
Ch. 6 Summary and Integration of Theory 85
Sect. IV Case Studies
Ch. 7 Detailed Case Study 1: Purchasepro (NASDAQ NM: PPRO) 97
Ch. 8 Detailed Case Study 2: Universal Express (OTC BB: USXP) 119
Ch. 9 Cases Listed on the Silicon Investor (SI) Stock-Chat Message Board 133
Ch. 10 Summary 149
App. Ch. 7.1 Selected (January 2001 Through May 2002) Purchasepro News Releases & Articles 155
App. Ch. 7.2 Illustrations of Asymmetric Information: Successful Releases of Private Misinformation Leading to Stock PPS Increases 161
App. Ch. 8.1 Message Board Posts - Allegedly from the CEO of Universal Express 197
App. Ch. 8.2 Selected (January Through September 2001) USXP News Releases & Articles 201
App. Ch. 8.3 Information and Misinformation Signals in the Form of Cybersmear 207
App. Ch. 8.4 Market Maker Manipulation (MMM) 213
App. Ch. 9.1 Non-Randomly Selected Summaries of 126 Cases 225
Annotated Bibliography 257
Acronyms 261
Glossary of Selected Terms 265
Notes 275
References 283
Index 295
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