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The Corporate Value of (Corrupt) Lobbying

Author(s): Alexander Borisov, Nandini Gupta, Eitan Goldman

Status: Published
Year: 2016
Publication Name: Review of Financial Studies
Volume: 29, Issue: 4, Page Number(s): 1039-1071


We examine whether the stock market considers corporate lobbying to be value enhancing, using an event that potentially limited the ability of firms to lobby but was exogenous to their characteristics and prior lobbying decisions. The results show that this exogenous shock negatively affects the value of firms that lobby. In particular, we estimate that a firm that spends $100,000 more on lobbying in the 3 years before the shock (where sample average lobbying expenses are about $4 million), experiences a loss of about $1.2 million in shareholder value on average. We also examine the channels through which lobbying may create value for firms.


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