Alternative Work Arrangements and Cost of Equity: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Forthcoming

Posted: 8 Jan 2018 Last revised: 28 Oct 2019

Date Written: October 26, 2019

Abstract

We examine whether firms’ use of alternative work arrangements, particularly temporary agency workers, affects their cost of equity. Exploiting a major labor market deregulation in Japan that induced manufacturing firms to increase their employment of temporary agency workers, we show that the cost of equity decreased in manufacturing firms, relative to nonmanufacturing firms, after the deregulation. Further analysis using variations within manufacturing firms provides corroborating evidence. The rigidity in labor expenses and the cost of debt also decreased in manufacturing firms. Overall, alternative work arrangements increase the flexibility in labor costs, leading to lower operating leverage and cost of capital.

Keywords: Cost of equity, Alternative work arrangement, Operating leverage, Natural experiment

JEL Classification: G12, G32, J21, J82

Suggested Citation

Chino, Atsushi, Alternative Work Arrangements and Cost of Equity: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment (October 26, 2019). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3098125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3098125

Atsushi Chino (Contact Author)

Nagasaki University ( email )

4-2-1 Katafuchi
Nagasaki
Nagasaki 850-8506
Japan

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