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  • 2018 Political donations

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    Embargo ends: 26/11/19

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UK regulation discourages corporate political donations but is relatively benign in respect of individual donations. Few UK listed companies make political donations but many more company directors do. We use a unique, hand-collected dataset of political donations to examine whether UK corporate political connections are perceived as being created indirectly via directors’ personal donations. Basing our tests on the sensitivity of company returns to opinion polls preceding the 2010 General Election we find evidence that, for firms within a set of industries which donate only to the Conservative Party, employing a donating director is associated with a higher sensitivity to the electoral success of the Conservatives. The small sample size means that this evidence must be seen as no more than suggestive. We justify basing our inferences on return sensitivity to polls by confirming that UK domestic political risk, as proxied by opinion poll changes, is priced around General Elections.


  • political risk, political donations, event studies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-167
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Early online date26 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
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