The Partial Disinfectant of Sunlight

Donald C. Langevoort

in Selling Hope, Selling Risk

Published in print July 2016 | ISBN: 9780190225667
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190225698 | DOI:
The Partial Disinfectant of Sunlight

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The mandatory disclosure regime makes fraud harder and plays other economic, social, and political roles, many of them highly contested. The content is interesting partly because of what doesn’t have to be disclosed—much that is forward-looking and competitively dangerous to disclose—as well as the large amount that does even though most investors might not find it economically material in the short term. The latter reflects the incursion of publicness, migrating in the direction of transparency in the name of social responsibility. The process is equally interesting in the way various gatekeepers and whistle-blowers—supposedly with more investor or public-oriented points of view—have been conscripted to improve disclosure quality. Yet they are all conflicted to some extent or another—economically, cognitively, or both—even though they do make important contributions.

Keywords: disclosure; publicness; materiality; gatekeeper; conflict of interest; short-termism

Chapter.  13877 words. 

Subjects: Financial Markets ; Economic History

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