Measuring Corporate Political Sensitivity
40 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2014
Date Written: September 26, 2014
The sensitivity of U.S. firms to domestic political uncertainty is an under-conceptualized yet critical component of nonmarket strategy. Using financial and political prediction market data, we develop a panel measure of domestic political sensitivity at the industry level for the period of 2000-2012. We validate this measure in two ways. First, we model how covariates related to financial performance and industrial organization explain across-time and industry variation in sensitivity to the political status quo. Second, we demonstrate that our measure is associated with strategic political activity at the firm level: consistent with the literature on corporate political activity, higher levels of sensitivity correlate with a greater propensity to lobby and larger lobbying expenditures but do not significantly correlate with making campaign contributions.
Keywords: nonmarket strategy, corporate political activity, political sensitivity, regulation, government contracting, lobbying
JEL Classification: D72, G19
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