Political activities of oil and gas firms in the United States

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Abstract

Following recent empirical studies testing the outcomes of firm-level political strategies, this article models the financial performance associated with three specific political actions: (i) political donations, (ii) lobbying, and (iii) political connections. This is done in an industry that consistently ranks near the top in political spending—oil and gas—yet, to date, has not been the focus of such research. The author finds, in a sample of 46 oil and gas service firms over 11 years, that firm-level profitability (earnings before interest and taxes) is associated with prior political efforts. All three explanatory variables were significant in a fixed-effects estimation after controlling for macroeconomic level, industry-level, time-level, and firm-level factors. Additionally, these results were robust to several post hoc tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-300
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 3 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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