Do Institutional Investors Exacerbate Managerial Myopia?
35 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 1998
Date Written: October 1997
This study analyzes corporate expenditures for property, plant and equipment (PP&E) and research and development (R&D) for over 2,500 firms from 1987 to 1994. We document a positive relation between expenditures for PP&E and R&D and institutional share ownership. This relation is robust to a variety of specifications. We examine the link between firm-level expenditures and institutional ownership by using lead-lag structures and changes in institutional ownership. The data do not support the contention that institutional investors cause corporate managers to behave myopically. Indeed, the data indicate that the presence of institutional shareholders allows managers to invest more in PP&E and R&D than would individual shareholders.
JEL Classification: G31. G32. G38
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