Rich on Paper? Chinese Firms’ Academic Publications, Patents, and Market Value
53 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2021 Last revised: 1 Jul 2021
Date Written: July 1, 2021
By combining various databases of academic publications and patents of China’s publicly listed firms, we explore the effects of academic publications on firm valuation. We find that Chinese firms’ academic publications are positively associated with their market valuation. More importantly, such a positive relation is more pronounced when these firms have stronger patent records, highlighting a synergy between basic research and applied technologies. Mechanism tests indicate that firm’s academic publications promote their market values through enhancing their human capital and sending credible signals to the market. We also find that publications in English-language journals are more value-relevant than in Chinese-language journals.
Keywords: academic publications; firm value; technological innovation; patents; human capital
JEL Classification: O32 O34 G34 J24
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