66 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2017
Date Written: December 6, 2016
This research examines the relationships between tournament-based incentives and corporate cash holdings and the value of cash. We find robust evidence that tournament-based incentives are positively related to cash holdings and the value of cash. Moreover, the effect of tournament-based incentives on the value of cash is stronger for financially constrained firms. Our evidence indicates that, as tournament-based incentives motivate riskier corporate policy choices that lead to not only larger expected shareholder value but also greater cash flow uncertainty, firms increase cash holdings to cushion potential liquidity shortfalls that may cause underinvestment.
Keywords: Tournament-Based Incentives, Risk-Taking, Cash Holdings, Value of Cash
JEL Classification: G30, G32, G34
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Phan, Hieu V. and Simpson, Thuy and Nguyen, Hang T., Tournament-Based Incentives, Corporate Cash Holdings, and the Value of Cash (December 6, 2016). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2956003