Employee well-being, firm leverage and bankruptcy risk

Verwijmeren, P. and Derwall, J. (2010) Employee well-being, firm leverage and bankruptcy risk. Journal of Banking and Finance, 34(5), pp. 956-964. (doi: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2009.10.006)

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Employees of liquidating firms are likely to lose income and non-pecuniary benefits of working for the firm, which makes bankruptcy costly for employees. This paper examines whether firms take these costs into account when deciding on the optimal amount of leverage. We find that firms with leading track records in employee well-being significantly reduce the probability of bankruptcy by operating with lower debt ratios. Moreover, we observe that firms with better employee track records have better credit ratings, even when we control for differences in firm leverage.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Verwijmeren, Professor Patrick
Authors: Verwijmeren, P., and Derwall, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Journal of Banking and Finance
Published Online:23 October 2009

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