Firms use active political strategies not only to mitigate uncertainty emanating from legislative activity, but also to enhance their growth opportunities. We find that a firm's systematic risk (beta) can be hedged away by employing various political strategies involving the presence of former politicians on corporate boards of directors, contributions to political campaigns, and corporate lobbying activities. The hedging effect is greater when firms operate in more uncertain industries. In addition, active political strategies are associated with greater firm heterogeneity and make real options more value relevant as potential drivers of competitive advantages in uncertain environments.
Kim, C., Kim, I., Pantzalis, C. and Park, J.C. (2019), Policy Uncertainty and the Dual Role of Corporate Political Strategies. Financial Management, 48: 473-504. https://doi.org/10.1111/fima.12226
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