Corporate Cash Holdings and Political Connections
Matthew D. Hill
University of Mississippi - Department of Finance
affiliation not provided to SSRN
G. W. Kelly
Mississippi State University - Department of Finance and Economics
Arkansas State University
May 6, 2010
We examine the relation between corporate liquidity and political connections measured via lobbying expenditures. This is an interesting question as many of the motives for holding cash should be diminished by political connections. Results suggest a significant and inverse relation between cash levels and lobby expenses and that the marginal value of cash decreases with lobbying. Taken together, these results suggest firms react optimally to the reduced benefits of cash linked to political connections and that the market appears to recognize the weakened benefits of cash. Overall, our research shows another way political connections can shape corporate policy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27working papers series
Date posted: May 7, 2010
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