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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|July 1980||Pension Funding, Share Prices, and National Saving|
with Martin Feldstein: w0509
This paper examines empirically the effect of unfunded pension obligations on corporate share prices and discusses the implications of these estimates for national saving, the decline of the stock market in recent years, and the rationality of corporate financial behavior. The analysis uses the information on inflation-adjusted income and assets that large firms were required to provide for 1976 and subsequent years. The evidence for a sample of nearly 200 manufacturing firms is consistent with the conclusion that share prices fully reflect the value of unfunded pension obligations. Since the conventional accounting measure of the unfunded pension liability has a number of problems (which we examine in the paper), it would be more accurate to say that the data are consistent with the concl...
Published: Feldstein, Martin and Seligman, Stephanie. "Pension Funding, Share Prices,and National Savings." The Journal of Finance, Vol. XXXVI, No. 4, (September 1981), pp. 801-824. citation courtesy of