Executive political preferences and corporate decisions and outcomes

dc.contributorMobbs, Houston Shawn
dc.contributorCicero, David C.
dc.contributorLee, Junsoo
dc.contributorStone, Mary S.
dc.contributor.advisorAgrawal, Anup
dc.contributor.authorRich, Tara
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T17:37:59Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T17:37:59Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractCorporate decisions and policies made by executives have real effects on the financial valuation of firms. Therefore, the behavior of executives, including underlying causes and subsequent implications, is important in the study of finance. This dissertation investigates executive behavior by examining how the political preferences of executives affect their corporate decisions and the subsequent outcomes. The first essay focuses on the impact of executive political preferences on mergers. Using a rare and hand-collected dataset of executive political donations and CEO retention following mergers, I investigate how shared political preferences between executives of merging firms affect the probability of a merger and subsequent merger outcomes. The second essay focuses on how CEO political preferences affect firm policies and market distribution. In this paper, I use the dataset of executive political donations to examine if Republican-led firms have less risky policies, such as less use of earnings management and lower likelihood of restating earnings. I also test if these less risky policies by Republican managers result in less risky stock return distributions for their firms.en_US
dc.format.extent62 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0002135
dc.identifier.otherRich_alatus_0004D_12552
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2516
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectFinance
dc.titleExecutive political preferences and corporate decisions and outcomesen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies
etdms.degree.disciplineFinance
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.leveldoctoral
etdms.degree.namePh.D.
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