Funding status of defined benefit pension plans and idiosyncratic return volatility

Yangyang Chen

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    In this article, I explore how the funding status of a sponsoring firm s defined benefit pension plans affects its idiosyncratic volatility. Using a large sample of U.S. firms from 1980 to 2010, I document a positive and significant relation between pension deficits and idiosyncratic volatility. The relation is stronger for firms that are financially constrained and that have a worse information environment. The findings are consistent with the argument that large pension deficits generate greater risk for the firm s future operations and financing, and deteriorate its financial disclosure quality, which raises firm idiosyncratic volatility.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35 - 57
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Financial Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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