Date of Award

5-2019

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Economics and Finance

First Advisor

Benjamin Blau

Second Advisor

Paul Fjeldsted

Third Advisor

Rick Hornsby

Abstract

This paper examines the effect that the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 had on the stock prices of companies within the military defense industry. In addition, this paper studies the effect of the defense firms’ political engagement (through lobbying activities) and how this affected the stock price response to the terrorist attacks. Our study finds that the cumulative abnormal returns of these companies are positively significant and that companies who lobbied experienced higher returns relative to those who did not lobby.

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