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Financial structure and Southern Italy firms’ growth

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  • Domenico Sarno

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This paper shows that the growth of firms in the Southern Italian (Mezzogiorno) regions is financed mostly by internal sources, since external financing is more problematic and costly. Hence firm growth is subject to financial constraints. The “financial growth cycle” these are used to analyse the features of the capital structure of the Mezzogiorno’s SMEs compared to Italy-wide SMEs. Then, within the framework proposed by financial constraints literature, the capital structure related to the growth is analysed. In order to estimate the growth-cash flow relationship the empirical Gibrat growth model enriched with the cash flow variable is used.

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Article provided by Associazione Rossi Doria in its journal QA.

Volume (Year): (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
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Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0054

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Keywords: Financial Constraints; Firm Growth; Capital Structure;

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