Quality of working environment and corporate financial distress

Tho Pham, Oleksandr Talavera, Geoffrey Wood, Shuxing Yin

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This study examines the impacts of quality of working environment and its components on corporate financial distress. Employing a unique dataset of firm-level data from 41 countries over the period of 2012–2018, we find that a better working environment is related to a higher level of financial soundness. Particularly, firms which have better training and career development policies are less likely to take excessive risks. Further examination suggests that the quality of working environment tends to affect corporate financial risk by influencing firms’ cash holding policies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102449
JournalFinance Research Letters
Early online date15 Sept 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Sept 2021


  • Financial distress
  • Quality of life
  • Quality of working environment
  • Risk taking


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