All the president's friends: Political access and firm value

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Using data on White House visitors from 2009 through 2015, we find that corporate executives’ meetings with key policymakers are associated with positive abnormal stock returns. We also find evidence suggesting that firms receive more government contracts and are more likely to receive regulatory relief (as measured by the tone of regulatory news) following meetings with federal government officials. Using the 2016 presidential election as a shock to political access, we find that firms with access to the Obama administration experience significantly lower stock returns following the release of the election result than otherwise similar firms. Overall, our results provide evidence suggesting that political access is of significant value to corporations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-431
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Firm value
  • Government contracts
  • Political access
  • Regulatory relief

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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