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Cash Holdings and Firm-Level Exposure to Epidemic Diseases

Tut, Daniel (2021): Cash Holdings and Firm-Level Exposure to Epidemic Diseases.

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Abstract

We study the effects of firm-level exposure to an epidemic disease on corporate cash holdings amongst U.S firms. Using a text-based measure of firm-level exposure to epidemic diseases and difference-in-difference estimation strategy, we document a positive relationship between the onset of an epidemic disease and corporate cash holdings. We find that, amongst all the recent epidemics, COVID-19 has the strongest impact on cash holdings and that this effect is mostly driven by negative sentiments around the COVID-19 pandemic.

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