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  • Kahle, Kathleen M.
  • Stulz, René M.
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    During the recent financial crisis, corporate borrowing and capital expenditures fall sharply. Most existing research links the two phenomena by arguing that a shock to bank lending (or, more generally, to the corporate credit supply) caused a reduction in capital expenditures. The economic significance of this causal link is tenuous, as we find that (1) bank-dependent firms do not decrease capital expenditures more than matching firms in the first year of the crisis or in the two quarters after Lehman Brother's bankruptcy; (2) firms that are unlevered before the crisis decrease capital expenditures during the crisis as much as matching firms and, proportionately, more than highly levered firms; (3) the decrease in net debt issuance for bank-dependent firms is not greater than for matching firms; (4) the average cumulative decrease in net equity issuance is more than twice the average decrease in net debt issuance from the start of the crisis through March 2009; and (5) bank-dependent firms hoard cash during the crisis compared with unlevered firms.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Economics.

    Volume (Year): 110 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 280-299

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinec:v:110:y:2013:i:2:p:280-299

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    Keywords: Financial crisis; Credit supply; Credit constraints; Corporate borrowing; Cash holdings; Corporate investment; Bank relationships;

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