Stock ownership and political behavior: Evidence from demutualizations

Tutkimustuotos: Lehtiartikkelivertaisarvioitu

Tutkijat

Organisaatiot

  • Centre for Economic Policy Research, London

Kuvaus

Asetting in which customer-owned mutual companies converted to publicly listed firms created a plausibly exogenous increase in stock ownership. We use this shock to identify the effect of ownership of publicly listed shares on political behavior. Using instrumental variable regressions, difference-in-differences analyses, and matching methods, we find the shock changed the way people vote in the affected areas, with the demutualizations being followed by a 1.7-2.7-percentage-point increase in right-of-center vote share. Analyses of demutualizations that did not involve public listing of shares suggest that explanations based on wealth, liquidity, and tax-related incentives do not drive the results, and that the ownership of publicly listed shares was instrumental in generating the increase in conservative voting.

Yksityiskohdat

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut945-963
Sivumäärä19
JulkaisuManagement Science
Vuosikerta62
Numero4
TilaJulkaistu - 1 huhtikuuta 2016
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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