Does the stock market make firms more productive?

Bennett, Benjamin and Stulz, René and Wang, Jesse (2020) Does the stock market make firms more productive? Journal of Financial Economics, 136 (2). pp. 281-306. ISSN 0304-405X

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Abstract

Management, directly or indirectly,learns from its firm’s stock price, so a more informative stock price should make the firm more productive. We show that stock price informativeness increases firm productivity. We provide direct evidence of one channel through which stock price informativeness affects productivity; specifically, we find that CEO turnover is less sensitive to Tobin’s q when informativeness is lower. We predict and confirm that the productivity of smaller and younger firms, better governed firms, more specialized firms, and firms with more competition is more strongly related to the informativeness of their stock price. We further address endogeneity concerns with the use of brokerage closures, S&P 500 additions, and mutual fund redemptions as plausibly exogenous events.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Financial Economics
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Financial Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Financial Economics, 136 (2), 2019 DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2019.09.006
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04 Nov 2019 11:10
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