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Financial Crisis, Corporate Governance and the Value of Cash Holdings

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We study how corporate governance impacts the deployment of internal capital when external financing is costly. Using the 2008 financial crisis as a quasi-natural experiment and difference-in-difference estimation strategy, we show that the propensity to invest out of pre-crisis cash reserves is highest for weakly-governed firms. Weakly-governed firms finance additional investment using short-term debt and allocate a higher fraction of post-crisis excess cash towards building up cash balances. Contrastingly, well-governed firms have a higher propensity to allocate excess cash towards increasing the value of pledgeable assets and use accumulated cash balances to reduce short-term debt financing. Well-governed firms trade-off the cost of cash holdings against the benefit of minimizing future demand for costly external financing; effectively hedging against foregoing profitable future investment opportunities. Overall, optimal amount of internal capital increases with the cost of external financing

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  • Tut, Daniel, 2021. "Financial Crisis, Corporate Governance and the Value of Cash Holdings," MPRA Paper 108593, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Financial Crisis; Corporate Governance; Cash; Leverage; Pledgeable Assets;
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    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G35 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Payout Policy

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