Curbing Shocks to Corporate Liquidity: The Role of Trade Credit

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Niklas Amberg

Stockholm School of Economics

Tor Jacobson

Sveriges Riksbank - Research Division

Erik von Schedvin

Sveriges Riksbank

Robert M. Townsend

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Date Written: May 2016

Abstract

Using data on exogenous liquidity losses generated by the fraud and failure of a cash-in-transit firm, we demonstrate a causal impact on firms’ trade credit usage. We find that firms manage liquidity shortfalls by increasing the amount of drawn credit from suppliers and decreasing the amount issued to customers. The compounded trade credit adjustments are at least as great, if not greater than corresponding adjustments in cash holdings, suggesting that trade credit positions are economically important sources of reserve liquidity. The underlying mechanism in trade credit adjustments is in part due to shifts in credit durations—both upstream and downstream.

Suggested Citation

Amberg, Niklas and Jacobson, Tor and von Schedvin, Erik and Townsend, Robert M., Curbing Shocks to Corporate Liquidity: The Role of Trade Credit (May 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22286. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2786444

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