What Drives Companies to Repurchase Their Stock?

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In the late 1990s, the use of employee stock options increased dramatically, as did the use of stock repurchases. Both affect a company’s earnings per share. New research goes beyond the anecdotes to determine whether financial reporting incentives affect corporate managers’ decisions to repurchase their company’s stock.

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