Does stock liquidity enhance or impede firm innovation?

Vivian W Fang, Xuan Tian, Sheri Tice

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Abstract

We aim to tackle the longstanding debate on whether stock liquidity enhances or impedes firm innovation. This topic is of interest because innovation is crucial for firm- and national-level competitiveness and stock liquidity can be altered by financial market regulations. Using a difference-in-differences approach that relies on the exogenous variation in liquidity generated by regulatory changes, we find that an increase in liquidity causes a reduction in future innovation. We identify two possible mechanisms through which liquidity impedes innovation: increased exposure to hostile takeovers and higher presence of institutional investors who do not actively gather information or monitor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2085-2125
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Finance
Volume69
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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