Economics and Business
ISSN 2775-9237 (Online)
Published: 18 August 2020
R&D Investments and Idiosyncratic Volatility
Md. Tanvir Hamim
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Keywords: R&D, Idiosyncratic Volatility, Firm Size, Information Asymmetry
This paper investigates how R&D investment intensity can infuse information asymmetry about the growth prospects and the idiosyncratic volatility of non-financial firms. Panel Data Method has been employed in order to regress idiosyncratic volatility on R&D investments. Using a sample of research-intensive FTSE-100 and S&P-100 firms having the highest market capitalization between 2008 and 2017, the study finds the evidence of a positive association in between R&D investment intensity and idiosyncratic component of total stock return volatility. The study provides the insight that R&D-led firms should leverage on their R&D related sensitive information to reduce the level of idiosyncratic volatility.
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