Investment and Liquidity Constraints: Empirical Evidence for Germany Andreas Behr

ISBN: 9783824491278

Published: December 12th 2003

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167 pages


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Investment and Liquidity Constraints: Empirical Evidence for Germany  by  Andreas Behr

Investment and Liquidity Constraints: Empirical Evidence for Germany by Andreas Behr
December 12th 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 167 pages | ISBN: 9783824491278 | 6.43 Mb

During the last decade exploring the link between financial factors and investment has become a major field of theoretical and empirical publications. Firms in a weak financial position cannot raise capital at conditions that allow financing allMoreDuring the last decade exploring the link between financial factors and investment has become a major field of theoretical and empirical publications.

Firms in a weak financial position cannot raise capital at conditions that allow financing all profitable investment projects. Some empirical findings indicate that young, fast growing, low dividend paying firms face more liquidity constraints compared to other firms and therefore exhibit stronger reactions in investment to changes of their internal financial flow. If the credit conditions of firms will be influenced through expansionary or rather restrictive monetary conditions the cycle of real activity might be accelerated through these monetary conditions and the final effects might exceed the pure effects of the interest channel alone.

In the analysis in hand the role of financial factors in the firms investment decision is explored within the framework of the Q-theory of investment. The Q-theory is applied to a large database of German firms, covering balance sheet data for 2,314 German firms, thereof 1,342 manufacturing firms. This database, the Deutsche Bundesbanks Corporate Balance Sheet Statistics, gives the unique opportunity to analyze heterogeneity at the firm level, which is not possible using macro- or mesoeconomic data. Access to this data base was made possible during a stay at a visiting researcher in the research department at the Deutsche Bundesbank in 2002.

I would like to thank Heinz Herrmann for his support and the fruitful discussions of questions arising during the research project.



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