What types of bondholders impede corporate innovative activities?
Hasan, Iftekhar; O'Brien, Jonathan; Ye, Pengfei (03.10.2013)
JulkaisusarjaBank of Finland Research Discussion Papers
JulkaisijaBank of Finland
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite onhttps://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:bof-20140807674
This study investigates whether institutional bond blockholders (i.e., bond funds that hold more than 5% of a firm's outstanding bonds) impede firm innovative activities, and if they do, through which channels. We find that long-term bond blockholders do not discourage firms from conducting innovative activities. Short-term bond blockholders, however, significantly reduce both firm investments in R&D and the innovative quality of these investments. Furthermore, their negative impact is stronger than the negative impact of short-term stockholders. Our results cannot be fully explained by short-term bondholders' a priori investment preferences and are robust to possible endogeneity concerns. Overall, they suggest that the option of the 'Wall Street walk' allows bondholders to exert considerable influence on firms' risk-taking decisions. JEL Classification: G23, G31 Keywords: Bondholder; Innovation; Investment Horizon; Wall Street Walk