Corporate Labor Misconduct and Government Contract Termination for Convenience

dc.contributor.author Huang, Ying
dc.contributor.author Li, Ningzhong
dc.contributor.author Song, Dongye
dc.contributor.author Zhou, Xiaolu
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-20T19:39:34Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-20T19:39:34Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.description.abstract A prominent feature of government contracting is that the federal government has a unilateral right to terminate the contract for convenience as long as the termination is in “the Government’s interest.” We provide the first large sample evidence on government contract termination for convenience and examine whether it can be triggered by contractors’ labor misconduct. We find that when contractors were penalized for serious labor misconduct in the previous year, their government contracts are more likely to be terminated for convenience. The effect is stronger when the misconduct is more severe or recurring, when the contractor receives higher media attention, and when competition for government contracts is more intensive in the industry. In contrast, we find no evidence that contractors’ non-labor misconduct, including environmental and financial misconduct (e.g., accounting fraud), is associated with contract termination for convenience.
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10125/104005
dc.subject Government contracting
dc.subject Termination for convenience
dc.subject Corporate misconduct
dc.subject Labor violations
dc.subject Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
dc.title Corporate Labor Misconduct and Government Contract Termination for Convenience
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