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Financial Accelerator Effects in the Balance Sheets of Czech Firms

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  • Horvath, Roman

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The paper examines a financial accelerator mechanism in analyzing determinants of corporate interest rates. Using a panel of the financial statements of 448 Czech firms from 1996–2002, we find that balance sheet indicators matter interest rates paid by firms. Market access is particularly important in this regard. The strength of corporate balance sheets seem to vary with firm size. There is also evidence that monetary policy has a stronger effect on smaller than on larger firms. On the other hand, we find no asymmetry in the monetary policy effects over the business cycle.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 829.

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Date of creation: 14 Nov 2006
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Keywords: balance sheet channel; financial accelerator; interest rates; monetary policy transmission;

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  1. Alvaro Piris, 2010. "Investment by Large Firms in Argentina," IMF Working Papers 10/3, International Monetary Fund.
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