WRDS Outstanding Paper Award for Research Highlights Analyst Influence on Corporate Policies

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the award-winning data research platform and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, is proud to announce the winners of the Wharton-WRDS Outstanding Paper Award for the MARC Conference. The award winners, Jarrad Harford, Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington; Ambrus Kecskes, Schulich School of Business, York University; and Sattar Mansi, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech examined the effect of investors with long investment horizons on corporate decision-making. Their paper, Do Long-Term Investors Improve Corporate Decision Making, suggests that long-term investors restrain numerous corporate misbehaviors, and strengthen internal corporate governance. WRDS, a part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is trusted by universities across the globe and fundamental to accelerate impactful research and enhance learning.

“WRDS is committed to recognizing the highest caliber research and we congratulate them on their outstanding investigation,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “Helping expand the field of knowledge is central to our work at WRDS, and it’s a natural fit for us to sponsor this Wharton-WRDS Outstanding Paper Award.”

Harford, Kecskes, and Mansi showed that investors with long investment horizons have the capacity and motivation to monitor corporate managers, and in doing so, help encourage corporate managers toward policy decisions that are consistent with shareholder value maximization. Their empirical evidence indicates that long-term investors both restrain corporate misbehaviors such as earnings management and financial fraud, while strengthening internal corporate governance. The result is that long-term investors help shareholders benefit from higher stock returns, greater profitability, and lower risk.

“It is a true honor for us to receive this Outstanding Paper Award and we are grateful to WRDS for recognizing our work in this way,” said Ambrus Kecskes. “It is always gratifying to have one’s work commended by peers and we hope that this research informs additional scholarship in this area.”

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