Prof. Pedro Matos (Associate Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia) presents his paper on "Are Foreign Investors Locusts? The Long-Term Effects of Foreign Institutional Ownership" at the 2016 GCGC Conference in Stockholm. Discussion of the paper is then presented by Prof. Giovanna Nicodano (Professor of Financial Economics, Università di Torino).
This paper challenges the view that foreign investors lead firms to adopt a short-term orientation and forgo long-term investment. Using a comprehensive sample of publicly listed firms in 30 countries over the 2001-2010 period, we find instead that greater foreign institutional ownership fosters long-term investment in tangible, intangible, and human capital. Foreign institutional ownership also leads to significant increases in innovation output.