Sudden Deaths: Taking Stock of Geographic Ties

Faccio, Mara; Parsley, David C.
June 2009
Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis;Jun2009, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p683
Academic Journal
Analysis of a worldwide sample of sudden deaths of politicians reveals a market-adjusted 1.7% decline in the value of companies headquartered in the politician's hometown. The decline in value is followed by a drop in the rate of growth in sales and access to credit. Our results are particularly pronounced for family firms, firms with high growth prospects, firms in industries over which the politician has jurisdiction, and firms headquartered in highly corrupt countries.


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