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Corporate Cash Holding in Asia

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In this paper, we analyze the determinants of corporate saving in the form of changes in cash holdings for 11 Asian economies using firm‐level data from the Oriana Database for the 2002–2011 period. We find some evidence that cash flow has a positive impact on the change in cash holdings (i.e. that the cash flow sensitivity of cash is positive) and that the positive impact of cash flow on the change in cash holdings is larger and more significant in the case of smaller and presumably more constrained firms than in the case of larger and presumably less constrained firms in both developed and developing economies. Both of these findings corroborate the importance of financial constraints in Asian firms. In addition, we find that the cash flow sensitivity of cash declined after the global financial crisis and that Tobin's q has a positive impact on the change in cash holdings, especially in the case of larger and presumably unconstrained firms.
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Keywords: Asia; D22; D92; E21; E22; G11; G32; O16; O53; Oriana Database; Tobin's q; borrowing constraints; cash flow; cash flow sensitivity of cash; cash holdings; corporate investment; corporate saving; financial constraints; firm size; global financial crisis; liquidity management

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2014

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