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Article: Inflexibility and Stock Returns

TitleInflexibility and Stock Returns
Authors
Issue Date2018
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://rfs.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
The Review of Financial Studies, 2018, v. 31 n. 1, p. 278–321 How to Cite?
AbstractInvestment-based asset pricing research highlights the role of irreversibility as a determinant of firms' risk and expected return. In a neoclassical model of a firm with costly scale adjustment options, we show that the effect of scale flexibility (i.e., contraction and expansion options) is to determine the relation between risk and operating leverage: risk increases with operating leverage for inflexible firms, but decreases for flexible firms. Guided by theory, we construct easily reproducible proxies for inflexibility and operating leverage. Empirical tests provide support for the predicted interaction of these characteristics in stock returns and risk.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/245364
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2017 Impact Factor: 4.27
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 9.925
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dc.contributor.authorGu, L-
dc.contributor.authorHackbarth, D-
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, T-
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-18T02:09:19Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-18T02:09:19Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationThe Review of Financial Studies, 2018, v. 31 n. 1, p. 278–321-
dc.identifier.issn0893-9454-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/245364-
dc.description.abstractInvestment-based asset pricing research highlights the role of irreversibility as a determinant of firms' risk and expected return. In a neoclassical model of a firm with costly scale adjustment options, we show that the effect of scale flexibility (i.e., contraction and expansion options) is to determine the relation between risk and operating leverage: risk increases with operating leverage for inflexible firms, but decreases for flexible firms. Guided by theory, we construct easily reproducible proxies for inflexibility and operating leverage. Empirical tests provide support for the predicted interaction of these characteristics in stock returns and risk.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://rfs.oxfordjournals.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofThe Review of Financial Studies-
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dc.titleInflexibility and Stock Returns-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailGu, L: oliviagu@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityGu, L=rp01802-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/rfs/hhx092-
dc.identifier.hkuros276047-
dc.identifier.volume31-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage278–321-
dc.identifier.epage278–321-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000428741900008-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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