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Insider Trading and Innovation

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  • Ross Levine
  • Chen Lin
  • Lai Wei

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This paper assesses whether legal systems that protect outside investors from corporate insiders increase or decrease the rate of technological innovation. Based on over 75,000 industry-country-year observations across 94 economies from 1976 to 2006, we find that enforcing insider trading laws spurs innovation—as measured by patent intensity, scope, impact, generality, and originality. Consistent with theories that insider trading slows innovation by impeding the valuation of innovative activities, the relationship between enforcing insider trading laws and innovation is much larger in industries that are naturally innovative and opaque, and equity issuances also rise much more in these industries after a country starts enforcing its insider trading laws.

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  • Ross Levine & Chen Lin & Lai Wei, 2015. "Insider Trading and Innovation," NBER Working Papers 21634, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:21634
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    JEL classification:

    • F63 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Economic Development
    • F65 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Finance
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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