Do Anti-Takeover Provisions Spur Corporate Innovation? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis
66 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2010 Last revised: 12 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 10, 2017
We study the effect of antitakeover provisions (ATPs) on innovation. To establish causality, we use a regression discontinuity approach that relies on locally exogenous variation generated by shareholder proposal votes. We find a positive, causal effect of ATPs on innovation. This positive effect is more pronounced in firms that are subject to a larger degree of information asymmetry and operate in more competitive product markets. The evidence suggests that ATPs help nurture innovation by insulating managers from short-term pressures arising from equity markets. Finally, the number of ATPs contributes positively to firm value for firms involved in intensive innovation activities.
Keywords: anti-takeover provisions, innovation, firm value
JEL Classification: G34, G38, O31
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