Labor Market Power and Firm Financial Flexibility
40 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2018 Last revised: 21 Apr 2018
Date Written: March 19, 2018
Using a novel database representing the near-universe of US online job postings, we examine the role of firms’ labor market power on financial flexibility and corporate policy. Validating our measure, within a county-occupation, high labor market power is associated with lower posted wages. The measure is associated with lower cash holdings and market beta, and higher Tobin’s Q and profitability. The relation is stronger in industries that are labor intensive, which have high worker mobility, and low rates of unionization and attributable to market-share over high skill jobs. High labor market power firms react less to passages of enforcement of non-compete laws, which we use as a difference-in-differences strategy. The result is consistent with the idea that high labor market power firms are less exposed to shocks in the labor market.
Keywords: Labor Market Power, Firm Financial Flexibility and Corporate Policy, Vacancy Postings
JEL Classification: J01, G30
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