STOCK MARKET VALUATIONS OF R&D AND ELECTRONICS FIRMS DURING TAIWAN'S RECENT ECONOMIC TRANSITION

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The objective of the present study is to investigate the market valuation of Research and Development (R&D) investments in the Taiwanese stock market from July 1988 to June 2002. The motivation stems from Taiwan's recent economic transition from a labor-intensive, then to a capital-intensive, and currently to a technology-based economy. The results support not only the existence, but also the persistence of R&D-associated mispricing. More importantly, it has become stronger as the electronics industry gradually dominates the economy. First, R&D-intensive stocks tend to outperform stocks with little or no R&D. Second, the R&D-intensity effect cannot fully be attributed to firm size. Third, the R&D-intensity effect is more pronounced for firms in the electronics industry after 1996.

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