Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108600
Authors: 
Seifert, Bruce
Faleye, Olubunmi
Gonenc, Halit
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Koç University-TÜSİAD Economic Research Forum Working Paper Series 1214
Abstract: 
This study examines the impact of creditor rights on cash holdings using a sample of firms from 48 countries. We argue that creditor rights affect the willingness of lenders to provide credit, which in turn affects the need for internal liquidity and cash holdings. Consistent with this, we find that corporate cash holdings decline with the strength of creditor rights. We also find that this relation depends on the quality of country governance. Among well-governed countries, firms hold less cash as creditor rights strengthen. In contrast, cash holdings increase with creditor rights in poorly governed countries. In these countries, it appears that the fear of expropriation motivates creditors with stronger rights to require higher levels of cash holding by borrowers.
Subjects: 
Corporate governance
Cash levels
Creditor rights
International markets
JEL: 
G34
G32
G15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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