Stock Liquidity and Default Risk

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Jonathan Brogaard

University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business

Dan Li

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Ying Xia

Monash University - Monash Business School

Date Written: February 10, 2017

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of stock liquidity on firm bankruptcy risk. Using the Securities and Exchange Commission decimalization regulation as a shock to stock liquidity, we establish that enhanced liquidity decreases default risk. Stocks with the highest default risk experience the largest improvements. We find two mechanisms through which stock liquidity reduces firm default risk: improving stock price informational efficiency and facilitating corporate governance by blockholders. Of the two mechanisms, the informational efficiency channel has higher explanatory power than the corporate governance channel.

Keywords: Stock Liquidity; Bankruptcy Risk; EDF; Price Efficiency; Governance

JEL Classification: G12; G14; G33; G34

Suggested Citation

Brogaard, Jonathan and Li, Dan and Xia, Ying, Stock Liquidity and Default Risk (February 10, 2017). Journal of Financial Economics, 124(3), 486-502., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2649084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2649084

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Ying Xia

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