Firm Finances and the Spread of COVID-19: Evidence from Nursing Homes
54 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2020 Last revised: 25 Nov 2020
Date Written: October 26, 2020
Firms face difficult decisions regarding investment in the protection of nonfinancial stakeholders. We find that a firm's financial health plays an important role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by studying nursing homes, whose residents have accounted for about 40% of all U.S. COVID-19 deaths. We find that nursing homes with less liquidity (pre-pandemic days-cash-on-hand) had a higher likelihood of COVID-19 reaching patients in their facility. Those experiencing larger negative cash flow shocks also had a much higher likelihood of COVID-19, and the relationship is strongest for financially constrained nursing homes.
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