Title: Factors explaining the decision to hold liquid assets: dynamic analysis of Tunisian listed companies

Authors: Mongi Gharsellaoui

Addresses: Tunis Higher School of Business, Manouba University, Tunisia

Abstract: In this paper, our aim is to study the factors that explain the decision to hold liquid assets. To this end, we examine a sample of 20 Tunisian companies listed on the stock exchange during the 2006–2015 periods. Specifically, we estimate a dynamic panel model that links change in liquidity holdings and some variables that may affect liquidity. The results indicate that companies opt for liquidity as a precaution for a possible financing need, mainly if these companies have difficulty accessing external financing sources. For a company, holding liquidity has two advantages: it allows them to easily cover their obligations and future investments and to retain some of its financial assets.

Keywords: liquid asset-holding decision; dynamic panel model; liquidity; financing sources; future investments.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2020.104248

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2020 Vol.39 No.1/2, pp.149 - 162

Received: 07 Sep 2017
Accepted: 11 Apr 2018

Published online: 23 Dec 2019 *

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