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Investment, Finance and the Business Cycle: Evidence from the Dutch Manufacturing Sector

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  • van Ees, Hans
  • Kuper, Gerard H
  • Sterken, Elmer

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In this paper, the authors analyze the impact of profits on investment using data from the Dutch manufacturing sector in a simple Kaleckian investment model. Profits and capacity determine the level of investment. The empirical analysis of this 'nonmainstream' model confirms conclusions drawn in the context of financial accelerator models. The impact of profits on investment is countercyclical. Apparently, entrepreneurs use public capital markets primarily as a source of funds in booming periods. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 21 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 395-407

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Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:21:y:1997:i:3:p:395-407

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  1. Valdero i Mora, Emili & Tremosa i Balcells, Ramon & Obis i Artal, Teresa, 1999. "Macroeconomic Influence in the European Manufacturing Profitability, According to the B.A.C.H. European Union Data Base (1983-1995)," ERSA conference papers ersa99pa044, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Georgios Argitis, 2008. "Finance, Investment and Macroeconomic Performance," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(1-2), pages 71-88.

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