The Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Firm Value and Investment

76 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2019 Last revised: 17 Aug 2020

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Paige Ouimet

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

Elena Simintzi

University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Kailei Ye

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

Date Written: August 14, 2020

Abstract

The opioid crisis has implications for firms which must now contend with a lower supply of productive workers. Consistent with a labor shortage explanation, we find a negative effect of instrumented opioid prescriptions on subsequent individual employment. Similarly, we show a negative relationship between opioid prescriptions and subsequent establishment growth. Firms respond to the labor shortage by investing more in technology, consistent with an intent to substitute capital for the relatively scarcer labor. We find positive effects on firm valuations, especially for those that are less capital intensive, following the passage of state laws and regulations intended to limit opioid prescriptions.

Keywords: opioid, technological change, firm value

Suggested Citation

Ouimet, Paige and Simintzi, Elena and Ye, Kailei, The Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Firm Value and Investment (August 14, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3338083

Paige Ouimet (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

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Elena Simintzi

University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
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Kailei Ye

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

McColl Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

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