Financing Constraints and Workplace Safety

Jonathan B. Cohn

University of Texas at Austin

Malcolm Wardlaw

University of Texas - Dallas

August 23, 2015

We present evidence that financing frictions adversely impact investment in workplace safety, with implications for worker welfare and firm value. Using several identification strategies, we find that injury rates increase with leverage and negative cash flow shocks, and decrease with positive cash flow shocks. We show that firm value decreases substantially with injury rates. Our findings suggest that investment in worker safety is another, economically important margin on which firms respond to financing constraints.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 57

Keywords: Financing constraints, workplace safety, capital structure, labor and finance

JEL Classification: J28, G32

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Date posted: March 21, 2012 ; Last revised: September 8, 2015

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Cohn, Jonathan B. and Wardlaw, Malcolm, Financing Constraints and Workplace Safety (August 23, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2023888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2023888

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Jonathan B. Cohn
University of Texas at Austin ( email )
Red McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX 78712
United States
512-232-6827 (Phone)
Malcolm Wardlaw (Contact Author)
University of Texas - Dallas ( email )
2601 North Floyd Road
P.O. Box 830688
Richardson, TX 75083
United States
972-883-5903 (Phone)
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