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Persistence in Corporate Performance? - Empirical Evidence from Panel Unit Root Tests

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  • Bentzen, Jan

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    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Madsen, Erik Strøjer

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    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Smith, Valdemar

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    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Dilling-Hansen, Mogens

    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus)

Abstract

Persistence in corporate performance is analyzed in the framework of empirical tests of unit root behavior concerning firm profits. Data for firm-specific rates of return is applied in a set of panel unit root tests to address the question of persistence in profits both at firm level and for the aggregate level of industry-specific profits. The firm data all reject a null hypothesis of random walk behavior of profits but when smoothing profit rates at a two-digit NACE-code level for industries, the empirical evidence is more mixed as most industries show up with a unit root in aggregate rates of return, i.e. indicating persistence in corporate performance.

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Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 04-15.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 10 Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2004_015

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Keywords: Corporate performance; Persistence in profits; Panel unit root tests;

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  1. Wiberg, Daniel, 2009. "Persistence of Profits and the Systematic Search for Knowledge - R&D and profits above the norm," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 161, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  2. Alper Aslan & Kemal Koksal & Oguz Ocal, 2011. "Competitive Environment Hypothesis in Turkish Banking System," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 1(2), pages 74-77, June.
  3. Giorgio Canarella & Stephen M. Miller & Mahmoud M. Nourayi, 2012. "Firm Profitability: Mean-Reverting or Random-Walk Behavior?," Working Papers 1202, University of Nevada, Las Vegas , Department of Economics.

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