Corporate Reputation and Stock Returns: Are Good Firms Good for Investors?
Abstract: This paper employs a unique dataset from the UK based on ten years of surveys of company directors and analysts conducted for Management Today to examine the relationship between a firm's reputation and the returns on its shares. We find that investors who purchase stocks with reputation scores that have risen significantly can make abnormal returns. Also, firms whose scores have fallen substantially still exhibit positive abnormal returns in both the short and long run when the market index is employed as a benchmark. However, when a more appropriate comparator is used, evidence of out-performance entirely disappears.