Voluntary Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending and the Cost of Debt: Evidence from the Public Debt Market

The Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) warmly invite you to join their guest speaker Professor Yannis Tsalavoutas from the University of Glasgow present his work on US firms voluntary disclosure on political spending with the public debt market.

  • Wed 15 Jan 20

    14:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Dr Yannis Tsalavoutas, Professor of Accounting and Finance, University of Glasgow

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Osamuyimen Egbon

The aim of the Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) research seminar series is to support our world-class research activities in four key areas: social responsibility and corporate governance; (management) accounting change (in privatised, public and third sectors); global development, corruption and accountability; and reporting, regulation and capital markets. The seminar series is also expected to promote interdisciplinary research that links the work of members of the centre with others both with the university and with external institutions.

Seminar abstract

This study contributes to the literature by providing evidence of US firms' voluntary disclosure on political spending within the public debt market.

Based on a sample of 2882 bonds issued by constituent firms of the Standard and Poor's 500 index between 2013 and 2018, we find that voluntary disclosure of political spending reduces the cost of newly issued public debt.

Moreover, this effect holds irrespective of a firm exposure to political risk or the regulation imposed at the industry level.

The findings of the study are robust to a series of sensitivity tests. In an additional test, we show that the channel through which political spending disclosure affects the cost of debt is through reduction in information uncertainty associated with political spending.


This seminar is free to attend. You are welcome to bring along your friends, colleagues and classmates.

Speaker bio

Professor Yannis Tsalavoutas is a Professor in Accounting and Finance at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.

After completing his undergraduate studies at the Technological Education Institute of Athens (BSc Business Administration), Yannis undertook the MBA Programme at the University of Stirling with specialisation in corporate finance.
In November 2009, he completed his PhD in Accounting at the University of Edinburgh.

Yannis' work experience includes positions as an accounting assistant in Greece and as a financial accounting and reporting analyst at Company Reporting Ltd in Edinburgh.

Prior to joining the University of Glasgow in January 2015, Yannis was a lecturer in accounting at the University of Stirling.

In parallel to his current post at the University of Glasgow, Yannis is also:

  • A member of the ICAS Corporate and Financial Reporting Panel Chair of the European Financial Reporting Network (EUFIN)
  • Treasurer of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Special Interest Group (FARSIG) of the British Accounting and Finance Association
  • Section Editor for Account and Finance for the European Management Journal