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Short selling and future cash flow predictability of capital investment: Evidence from Australia

Jiang, H and Jia, J ORCID: 0000-0002-5193-8475 2020 , 'Short selling and future cash flow predictability of capital investment: Evidence from Australia' , Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics , doi: 10.1016/j.jcae.2020.100224.

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Abstract

This study investigates whether short selling, as a market mechanism, has a disciplining function for firms’ investment efficiency, measured through the association between capital investment and future cash flows. Using a sample of large Australian listed firms, we find that short-selling activities improve the positive relationship between capital investment and future cash flow and that this effect is mainly driven by firms with a risk management committee (RMC). Additional analyses show that the disciplining function of short selling for firms’ investment efficiency varies with (i) the level of firms’ financial constraints, (ii) firms’ life cycle or (iii) CEO share incentives. The main results are robust to a batch of endogeneity tests to address the potential self-selection bias and the concern about reverse causality.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jiang, H and Jia, J
Keywords: short selling, investment efficiency, future cash flows, risk management, financial constraints, life cycle
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 1815-5669
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.jcae.2020.100224
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