The Impact of Financial Education of Executives on Financial Practices of Medium and Large Enterprises

98 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2019 Last revised: 27 Mar 2024

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Claudia Custodio

Imperial College London; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Diogo Mendes

Stockholm School of Economics; Swedish House of Finance

Daniel Metzger

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Financial Markets Group

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Date Written: March 26, 2024

Abstract

We study the impact of an MBA-style executive education course in finance on corporate policies and firm performance. The course targeted top managers of medium and large enterprises in Mozambique. Using a randomized controlled trial (RCT), we find that executives change firm financial policies in response to the educational treatment. A reduction in working capital generates an increase in cash that is used to finance longterm investments. Those changes improve the performance of the treated firms. Our experimental evidence shows that targeted educational interventions can help building relevant managerial capital.

Keywords: Financial Literacy, Financial Education, RCT, Financing Constraints, CEOs, Executives

JEL Classification: D4, G30, J24, L25, M41, O16

Suggested Citation

Custodio, Claudia and Mendes, Diogo and Metzger, Daniel, The Impact of Financial Education of Executives on Financial Practices of Medium and Large Enterprises (March 26, 2024). Swedish House of Finance Research Paper No. 20-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3450851 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3450851

Claudia Custodio

Imperial College London ( email )

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Diogo Mendes

Stockholm School of Economics ( email )

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Daniel Metzger (Contact Author)

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