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The Impact of the Financial System's Structure on Firms' Financial Constraints

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  • Christopher F. Baum

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    (Boston College
    DIW Berlin)

  • Dorothea Schäfer

    ()
    (DIW Berlin)

  • Oleksandr Talavera

    (University of East Anglia)

Abstract

We estimate firms' cash flow sensitivity of cash to empirically test how the financial system's structure and activity level influence their financial constraints. For this purpose we merge Almeida et al. (2004), a path-breaking new design for evaluating a firm's financial constraints, with Levine (2002), who paved the way for comparative analysis of financial systems around the world. We conjecture that a country's financial system, both in terms of its structure and its level of development, influences the cash flow sensitivity of cash of constrained firms but leaves unconstrained firms unaffected. We test our hypothesis with a large international sample of 80,000 firm-years from 1989 to 2006. Our findings reveal that both the structure of the financial system and its level of development matter. Bank-based financial systems provide the constrained firms with easier access to external financing.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 690.

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Date of creation: 08 Oct 2008
Date of revision: 03 Sep 2010
Publication status: published, Journal of International Money and Finance, 2011, 30, 678-691
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:690

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Keywords: financial constraints; financial structure; financial development; cash flow sensitivity of cash;

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