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Accession Number ADA586223
Title Political Connections of the Boards of Directors and Defense Contractors' Excessive Profits.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 22p
Personal Author C. Wang
Abstract Despite the fast-growing interest in research on the political connections of either private-sector firms or states, most of the research belongs to the economics or public administration fields. There are few studies, if any, that look into the role of firms' political connections in the defense acquisition area. This paper makes an effort to bridge this gap by investigating the impact of political connections on the excessive profitability of defense contractors. Wang and San Miguel (2012) documented that defense contractors earn excessive profits relative to their industry counterparts. This study extends Wang and San Miguel (2012) to examine whether defense contractors' political connections (as measured by the prior employment histories of their boards of directors) influence contractors' excessive profitability. We find that, in contrast to the prediction of the 'corruption hypothesis,' the excessive profits are less pronounced for those contractors with politically connected boards, and more pronounced for those contractors with politically unconnected boards. This finding casts doubt on the preconceived notion that those politically connected board members are corrupt in nature. Rather, our findings suggest that they may use their experience to serve a benevolent role to the public in keeping defense contractors from opportunistic profits-seeking behaviors that could reach or even cross the federal government's regulatory redline.
Keywords Contractors
Corporate boards of directors
Defense contractors
Defense industry
Department of defense
Excessive contractor profits
Excessive profitability
Military procurement
Political connections
Statistical analysis

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 96 - Business & Economics
41G - Quality Control & Reliability
74 - Military Sciences
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Conference paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1405
Contract Number N/A

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