Corruption and International Valuation: Does Virtue Pay?

34 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2006

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Charles M.C. Lee

Stanford University - Graduate School of Business

David T. Ng

Cornell University

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Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Using firm-level data from 44 countries, we investigate the relation between corruption and international corporate values. Our analysis shows that firms from more corrupt countries trade at significantly lower market multiples. The effect is both economically and statistically significant. Furthermore, using a two-stage estimation procedure, we show that corruption impacts firm value primarily through lower expected future cash flows, most directly captured by firms' profitability forecasts. Collectively, our evidence shows corruption has significant economic consequences for shareholder value.

Suggested Citation

Lee, Charles M.C. and Ng, David T., Corruption and International Valuation: Does Virtue Pay? (2006). Johnson School Research Paper No. 41-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=945629 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.945629

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David T. Ng

Cornell University ( email )

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