Using 2008–2018 data for all publicly-listed firms in Taiwan, this paper tests for asymmetric information in the Directors' and Officers' (D&O) liability insurance market. We argue that size and book-to-market ratio contain information such as managerial risk preferences and their intention to reduce litigation risk. Our results show that a negative relationship exists between litigation risk and insurance purchase among small and low book-to-market firms. Our findings pinpoint out the importance of using size and the book-to-market ratio when detecting asymmetric information in the corporate level.
- Advantageous selection
- Adverse selection
- Directors' and officers' liability insurance
- Intangible information