Financing Constraints and Workplace Safety

Financing Constraints and Workplace Safety

  • JONATHAN B. COHN
  • MALCOLM I. WARDLAW

Article first published online: 14th September 2016 DOI: 10.1111/jofi.12430

Abstract


We present evidence that financing frictions adversely impact investment in workplace safety, with implications for worker welfare and firm value. Using several identification strategies, we find that injury rates increase with leverage and negative cash flow shocks, and decrease with positive cash flow shocks. We show that firm value decreases substantially with injury rates. Our findings suggest that investment in worker safety is an economically important margin on which firms respond to financing constraints.

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