Who Pays a Visit to Brussels? The Firm Value of Cross-Border Political Access to European Commissioners
By Jörg Stahl | Posted on 23 August 2021
Post type: Paper
We present novel evidence on the value of cross-border political access. We analyze data on meetings of US multinational enterprises (MNEs) with European Commission (EC) policymakers. Meetings with Commissioners are associated with positive abnormal equity returns. We study channels of value creation through political access in the areas of regulation and taxation. US enterprises with EC meetings are more likely to receive favorable outcomes in their European merger decisions and have lower effective tax rates on foreign income than their peers without meetings. Our results suggest that access to foreign policymakers is of substantial value for MNEs.
Co-Author(s): Kizkitza Biguri