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Do anti‐bribery laws reduce the cost of equity? Evidence from the UK Bribery Act 2010

Suhee Kim, William Rees and Vathunyoo Sila ()

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2020, vol. 47, issue 3-4, 438-455

Abstract: We examine the impact of the UK Bribery Act 2010 on the implied cost of equity. We find a significant reduction in the cost of equity amongst UK firms with high bribery exposure after the passage of the Bribery Act. We further show that the Bribery Act improves internal control systems and increases stock liquidity of firms with high bribery exposure. Our results suggest that more stringent anti‐bribery regulations are not always bad for the firm.

Date: 2020
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