Professor Dr Andreas Barth

Professor Dr Andreas Barth
Current Position

since 2/23

Research Affiliate

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 4/22


Goethe University Frankfurt

Research Interests

  • financial economics
  • financial intermediation
  • international economics
  • corporate finance
  • financial stability

Andreas Barth joined the institute as a Research Affiliate in February 2023. His research focuses on financial intermediation and financial stability.

Andreas Barth holds the position of Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt.

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Working Papers


How to Talk Down Your Stock Performance

Andreas Barth Sasan Mansouri Fabian Wöbbeking Severin Zörgiebel

in: SSRN Discussion Papers, 2020


We process the natural language of verbal firm disclosures in order to study the use of context specific language or jargon and its impact on financial performance. We observe that, within the Q&A of earnings conference calls, managers use less jargon in responses to tougher questions, and after a quarter of bad economic success. Moreover, markets interpret the lack of precise information as a bad signal: we find lower cumulative abnormal returns and a higher implied volatility following earnings calls where managers use less jargon. These results support the argument that context specific language or jargon helps to efficiently and precisely transfer information.

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