Assistant Professor, Managerial Accounting and Control
Yaqi Shi is an Assistant Professor of Managerial Accounting and Control at the Ivey Business School. She earned an Honours B.E. in Accounting (China), an MBA (China) and a Ph.D. in Accounting (Concordia University).
Professor Shi previously taught at Concordia University, where she was nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award. During her Ph.D. study, she received many honours, including Doctoral Fellowship of Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council (SSHRC), and Research Fellow of American Accounting Association (AAA) Doctoral Consortium. Prior to her Ph.D. education, she worked as an accountant for Huaneng Power International Inc. (China), a world-leading power generating company.
Dr. Shi's research interests focus on international accounting and corporate governance issues. Presently, she is conducting research on voluntary disclosure for international firms. She is also intrigued by emerging markets issues, and hopes to help decipher the economic myth in emerging economies.
- Managerial Accounting and Control
- HBA Core Course
- Honors BE, China
- MBA, China
- PhD, Concordia University
Recent Refereed Articles
Foerster, S.R., Sapp, S., Shi, Y.N.,
2014, "The Effect of Voluntary Disclosure on Firm Risk and Firm Value: Evidence from Management Earnings Forecasts", Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting, October 12: 179 - 213.
Abstract: This study investigates whether the voluntary disclosure of management earnings forecasts is associated with investors’ assessment of firm risk and firm value. We find a significant negative relationship between the issuance of management earnings forecasts and a variety of measures of firm risk (idiosyncratic risk, stock return volatility, beta, and bid-ask spreads). Considering specific features of the management earnings forecasts, we find more frequent, more precise and more accurate earnings forecasts are associated with a larger decrease in firm risk. Our results therefore suggest that information quality is an important determinant of both diversifiable risk and nondiversifiable systematic risk. We also demonstrate that management earnings forecasts are positively associated with firm value as captured by Tobin’s Q. More frequent, precise and accurate forecasts further enhance valuation premiums. Finally, we partition our sample into good news versus bad news forecasts, and show that the results are driven more by good news forecasts. Overall, releasing high-quality management earnings forecasts is associated with important capital market benefits.
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Shi, Y.N., Kim, J-B., Magnan, M.,
2014, "Voluntary Disclosure, Legal Institutions and Firm Valuation: Evidence from U.S. Cross-Listed Foreign Firms", Journal of International Accounting Research, Fall 13(2): 57 - 85.
Abstract: Building on the bonding hypothesis, this paper examines the economic consequences of voluntary management earnings forecasts (MFs) made by foreign firms cross-listed in the U.S. market. Our work reveals the following. First, cross-listed firms that voluntarily issue MFs exhibit higher firm valuation (Tobin's Q) than those that do not issue MFs, with forecast precision and frequency further enhancing valuation premiums. Additionally, the valuation premium of MFs is more pronounced for cross-listed firms than for a matched sample of U.S. domestic firms. Second, cross-listed firms from countries with weaker legal regimes are valued more for their voluntary forecasts relative to those from stronger legal regimes. Third, further sensitivity analyses suggest that valuation implications from MFs are more consistent with reputational bonding than with a signaling perspective. Finally, our mediation analysis suggests that voluntary disclosures of MFs are an important channel through which the information environment positively influences firm valuation. Overall, our study contributes to both the voluntary disclosure and cross-listing literatures.
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Shi, Y.N., Magnan, M., Kim, J-B.,
2012, "Do Countries Matter for Voluntary Disclosure? Evidence from Cross-listed Firms in the U.S.", Journal of International Business Studies, February 43(2): 143 - 165.
Abstract: This paper explores the likelihood and consequences of voluntary disclosure (proxied by management earnings forecasts) for a sample of 1,005 cross-listed firms in the U.S. from 40 countries over the period of 1996–2005. Our study is grounded in a three-tiered conceptual framework that relies on insights from and implications of institutional theory, agency theory, and bonding theory to explain the costs and benefits associated with voluntary disclosure. Consistent with institutional theory and agency theory, our results indicate that disclosure likelihood increases with the strength of cross-listed firms’ home country legal institutions, and is also influenced by U.S. listing type, product market internationalization, and ownership structure. Further, our results show that voluntarily committing to U.S. disclosure practice is associated with lower information asymmetry, which supports reputational bonding theory. Overall, our study provides a costs-and-benefits framework to understand voluntary disclosure practices in an international context. Our work also presents convincing evidence that home country institutions still matter when foreign firms migrate into the U.S. financial market, which highlights the importance of country-level institution development.
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Kim, J., Shi, Y.N.,
2011, "Voluntary Disclosure and the Cost of Capital: Evidence from Management Earnings Forecasts", Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, July/August 30(4): 348 - 366.
Abstract: This paper examines the directional effects of management earnings forecasts on the cost of equity capital. We find that forecasters of bad news experience a significant increase in the cost of equity capital in the month after their disclosure. Conversely, the cost of equity capital for good news forecasters does not change significantly in the same period. We also indicate that the magnitude of changes in the cost of capital for good news forecasters is significantly lower than that for bad news forecasters and non-forecasters, which suggests that investors may view good news forecasts less credible. Finally, we show that the effect of the subsequent earnings announcement on the cost of equity capital is preempted by the management forecasts for bad news firms, and that the combined effects of the management earnings forecasts and the earnings announcement are not significant for both good news and bad news forecasters. Our paper contributes to the literature by adding evidence on directional effects of voluntary disclosures and on long-term economic consequences of management earnings forecasts.
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- Lecturer, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
- Accountant, Huaneng Power International Inc.
- International Accounting
- Corporate Disclosure and Transparency
- The Role of Financial Information in Firm Valuation
- Emerging Markets