The legacy of wars around the world: Evidence from military directors

Jiafu An, Tinghua Duan, Wenxuan Hou, Xianda Liu

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Abstract

This study estimates the effects of wars on countries and firms. We first show immediate negative effects of wars on economic and financial development as well as legal institutions. Using a global sample of 93,697 firm-year observation, we further argue and show that (i) wars increase the supply of military directors in corporate boards; and (ii) military directors reduce firm performance as indicated by Tobin’s Q and ROA. We interpret these lingering effects as military directors possess social capital but lack business expertise. Our results are robust to a matched sample, a lagged difference model, a two-step dynamic GMM model and to the control of country, industry and year fixed effects.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
Volume64
Early online date7 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • war
  • military directors
  • board directors
  • firm performance

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