Regulations and Brain Drain: Evidence From Wall Street Star Analysts’ Career Choices
Management Science, Forthcoming
52 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2018
Date Written: July 30, 2018
The Global Settlement, along with related regulations in the early 2000s, prohibit the use of investment banking revenue to fund equity research and compensate equity analysts. We find that all-star analysts from investment banks are more likely to exit the profession or move to the buy side after the regulations. The departed star analysts’ earnings revisions and stock recommendations are more informative than those of the remaining analysts who followed the same companies. To the extent that star analysts are superior to their non-star counterparts in terms of research ability and ability to inform the market, the exit of star analysts represents a brain drain in the sell-side equity research industry. These results are consistent with the view that the regulations introduced to protect equity investors have unintended adverse effects on the investors due to a brain drain in investment banks.
Keywords: Analysts, Turnover, Brain Drain, The Global Settlement, Policy and Regulations, Investment Banks
JEL Classification: G14, G24, G28, J24, J63, K22, K23
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