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Stock liquidity and SMEs’ likelihood of bankruptcy: Evidence from the US market

Izidin El Kalak, Alcino Azevedo, Robert Hudson () and Mohamad Abd Karim

Research in International Business and Finance, 2017, vol. 42, issue C, 1383-1393

Abstract: We study the association between the stock liquidity of SMEs in the US and their likelihood of bankruptcy, using a dataset that comprises information on 5075 firms over the time period from 1984 to 2013 using the hazard model of Campbell et al. (2008). We find that less liquid stocks are associated with higher probability of bankruptcy, although there is substantial heterogeneity across industries regarding the predictive power of the liquidity measure on the likelihood of bankruptcy. Furthermore, the exchange where the SMEs are listed also affects the likelihood of bankruptcy. Classification performance tests conclude that adding a liquidity measure variable to the Campbell et al. (2008) model improves its predictive power.

Keywords: Market liquidity; Liquidity measures; Bankruptcy; Hazard model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G12 G14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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