The price effect of stock repurchases: Evidence from dual class firms

Leonce Bargeron, Michael Farrell

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We examine a sample of dual-class firms to isolate the magnitude and duration of the demand-driven price effect from stock repurchases. In this novel setting, the non-repurchased class serves as a near-perfect counterfactual to the repurchased class and controls for private information about firm value contained in the repurchases. The average repurchase in our sample, 0.30% of outstanding shares within a month, increases the stock price by 40 to 70 basis points relative to the non-repurchased class of stock. The effect dissipates completely over the subsequent month unless extended by continued repurchases. This small, short-lived price effect leaves little scope for CEOs to benefit from value-destroying repurchases motivated by self-interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6568-6580
Number of pages13
JournalManagement Science
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2021

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  • Agency
  • Dual class
  • Price effect
  • Repurchases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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