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Banking deregulation, consolidation, and corporate cash holdings: U.S. evidence

  • Francis, Bill
  • Hasan, Iftekhar
  • Wang, Haizhi

This paper tests the effects of banking deregulation on the cash policies of nonbanking firms in the United States. We document a significant and negative relation between intrastate banking deregulation and corporate cash holdings. We show that the negative relation is driven by financially constrained firms, especially by constrained firms with low hedging needs. Further, we construct indexes measuring the intensity of bank consolidation in local markets. We find that the intensity of in-market bank mergers is negatively related to corporate cash holdings. However, in-market bank mergers in highly concentrated markets tend to be positively related to corporate cash holdings.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 45-56

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