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Brochet, Francois
Limbach, Peter
Bazhutov, Dmitry
Betzer, André
Doumet, Markus
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CFR Working Paper 18-05
We test the hypothesis that the marginal benefit of investment in investor relations (IR) is greater in countries where capital market institutions are generally less developed and tailored to a more concentrated ownership structure. We use a large panel of survey-based annual IR rankings of German and U.K. companies to study the marginal benefits of IR using within-firm variation. We find that IR quality in Germany exhibits a positive association with capital market visibility, liquidity, and firm value and a negative one with information asymmetry and uncertainty as well as cost of equity capital - and significantly more so than in the U.K. In a broader European sample, we find that the benefits of IR accrue more significantly to firms located in countries where i) corporate ownership is more concentrated and ii) capital market institutions are weaker. Overall, the evidence suggests that IR provides greater marginal benefits in markets where demand for this type of shareholder communication has been historically lower.
Investor Relations
Ownership Concentration
Firm Visibility
Information Asymmetry
Cost of Capital
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