Who pays a visit to Brussels? Firm value effects of cross-border political access to European Commissioners
40 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2019 Last revised: 26 Oct 2022
Date Written: June 1, 2022
We analyze meetings of firms with policymakers at the European Commission (EC). Meetings with Commissioners are associated with positive abnormal equity returns for US firms. Firms of the European Union (EU), however, do not experience significant value increases. We identify regulatory outcomes as a channel that can rationalize this difference in value effects of political access. US firms with meetings are more likely to receive favorable decisions in their EC merger decisions than their EU peers. The results suggest that cross-border political access can alleviate uncertainties and alleged discriminatory behavior of regulators in foreign markets.
Keywords: Cross-border political access, European Commission, firm value
JEL Classification: D72, G30
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