Effect of Socially Activist Investment Policies on the Financial Markets: Evidence from the South African Boycott
Posted: 12 Nov 1998
This article studies the most important legislative and shareholder boycott to date, the boycott of South Africa's apartheid regime. We find that corporate involvement with South Africa was so small that the announcement of legislative/shareholder pressure or voluntary corporate divestment from South Africa had little discernible effect either on the valuation of banks and corporations with South African operations or on the South African financial markets. There is weak evidence that institutional shareholdings increased when corporations divested. In sum, despite the publicity of the boycott and the multitude of divesting companies, political pressure had little visible effect on the financial markets.
JEL Classification: G31, G32, G34
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