This paper investigates the impact of anti-corruption efforts on firms’ cash holdings using detailed hand-collected data on the downfall of corrupt politicians in China from 2010 to 2015. We find that firms increase cash holdings after their local political leaders are investigated for political corruption. The effect is less prominent for firms with more investment and growth opportunities, and the anti-corruption measures increase the value relevance of cash. Results are robust to a battery of tests. Overall, our results reveal the causal relationship between anti- corruption efforts and firms’ cash policy and support the precautionary effect of cash holdings.
|Journal||Emerging Markets Review|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 17 Aug 2021|
- AF Financial Markets
- AF Corporate Finance
- corporate cash holdings
- precautionary effect