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The Importance of Trust for Investment: Evidence from Venture Capital (Replaced by DP 2010-49)

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  • Bottazzi, L.
  • Da Rin, M.
  • Hellmann, T.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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We examine the effect of trust on financial investment and contracting decisions in a micro-economic environment where trust is exogenous. Using hand-collected data on European venture capital, we show that the Eurobarometer measure of trust among nations significantly affects investment decisions. This holds even after controlling for investor and company fixed effects, geographic distance, information and transaction costs. The national identity of venture capital firms’ individual partners further contributes to the effect of trust. Education and work experience reduce the effect of trust but do not eliminate it. We also examine the relationship between trust and sophisticated contracts involving contingent control rights and find that, even after controlling for endogeneity, they are complements, not substitutes.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2009-43.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:200943

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Keywords: Venture Capital; Social Capital; Trust; Financial Contracts; Corporate Governance.;

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  1. Giannetti, Mariassunta & Yafeh, Yishay, 2008. "Do Cultural Differences Between Contracting Parties Matter? Evidence from Syndicated Bank Loans," CEPR Discussion Papers 7020, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Galina Hale, 2011. "Bank Relationships, Business Cycles, and Financial Crises," NBER Chapters, in: Global Financial Crisis National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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