Political Party Affiliation of the President, Majority in Congress, and Sin Stock Returns
Financial Management, Forthcoming
Posted: 11 Jun 2016
Date Written: June 9, 2016
We find that in contrast to the stock market, which performs better during Democratic presidencies, “sin” stocks — publicly traded producers of tobacco, alcohol, and gaming — perform better during Republican presidencies and even more so when the Republican presidency is accompanied by a Republican majority in at least one chamber of Congress. We examine whether sin firms use contributions to establish connections with politicians and find that sin firms contribute more to Republican candidates and that these contributions are greater when Republicans are in power. We also find a positive relation between political contributions and future returns. The relation is stronger for contributions to Republicans.
Keywords: Sin stocks, Democratic presidency, Republican presidency, Congress, Political contributions
JEL Classification: G1, G14, G18
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