The CLS Blue Sky Blog: Anand Jha, Manoj Kulchania, Min-Jeong Kwon on stock repurchasing, corporate social responsibility

Mike Ilitch School of Business Associate Professors of Finance Anand Jha and Manoj Kulchania, along with Ilitch School doctoral candidate Min-Jeong Kwon, wrote a piece that was featured on Columbia Law School's blog. "Stock repurchases are popular. Between January 2009 and 2018, S&P 500 firms spent $4.3 trillion to buy back their shares, which is significantly more than these firms spent on dividend payments to their shareholders (Lazonick, Sakinç, and Hopkins, 2020). Stock repurchases are also controversial. Skeptics argue that, contrary to what managers claim, repurchasing isn’t done to buy undervalued stocks but to benefit the managers themselves. Shilon (2020) cites examples of how managers repurchase stocks to meet earnings-per-share (EPS) targets set in their compensation contracts and thus increase their personal compensation. Nguyen, Vu, and Yin (2020) reveal a negative association between firms’ stock repurchases and innovation. Bendig, Willmann, Strese, and Brettel (2018) show that stock repurchases are associated with cuts in marketing costs and more product recalls."

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