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On the Investment Sensitivity of Debt under Uncertainty

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  • Christopher F. Baum

    ()
    (Boston College
    DIW Berlin)

  • Mustafa Caglayan

    (University of Sheffield)

  • Oleksandr Talavera

    ()
    (School of Economics, University of East Anglia)

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We investigate the impact of debt on a panel of U.S. manufacturing firms' capital investment behavior as the underlying firm-specific and macroeconomic uncertainty changes. Our estimates show that the influence of leverage on capital investment may be stimulating or mitigating depending on the effects of uncertainty.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 686.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 21 Jun 2008
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Publication status: published, Economics Letters, 2010, 106:25-27
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:686

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Keywords: capital investment; leverage; uncertainty;

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  1. Caglayan, Mustafa & Maioli, Sara & Mateut, Simona, 2012. "Inventories, sales uncertainty, and financial strength," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(9), pages 2512-2521.
  2. Bellmann, Lutz & Gerner, Hans-Dieter & Hübler, Olaf, 2013. "Investment under Company-Level Pacts," IZA Discussion Papers 7195, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Guariglia, Alessandra & Tsoukalas, John & Tsoukas, Serafeim, 2012. "Investment, irreversibility, and financing constraints: Evidence from a panel of transition economies," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(3), pages 582-584.

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