The Cash Flow Sensitivity of Cash: Replication, Extension, and Robustness
Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2021-02
17 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2021
Date Written: January 25, 2021
This paper reexamines the empirical evidence on the cash flow sensitivity of cash presented by Almeida, Campello, and Weisbach (2004). The original paper introduces a model in which financially constrained firms choose to save cash out of incremental cash flows but financially unconstrained do not. The authors find evidence consistent with this hypothesis on a sample of U.S. public firms between 1971 and 2000. This paper extends that analysis in a number of ways. In particular, it uses a larger sample covering the 1971–2019 window, considers a number of alternative definitions of financial constraints, and incorporates new methods and tests suggested by Welch (2020), Almeida, Campello, and Galvao (2010), and Grieser and Hadlock (2019). The original empirical findings are robust to these alternative specifications.
Keywords: Cash Flow Sensitivity of Cash, Financial Constraints, Cash Savings
JEL Classification: G30
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