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Financial Constraints and Capacity Adjustment: Evidence from a Large Panel of Survey Data

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The focus of this study is on (i) the interaction between financial constraints and capacity restrictions, and (ii) the difference between large and small firms. Using CBI data to provide information on the financial constraints of UK manufacturers, we develop a new identification scheme based on the link between financial constraints and the prevalence and duration of capacity gaps. Two important results emerge: first, financially constrained firms take longer to close capacity gaps; second, small firms close capacity gaps faster than large firms do, but financial constraints seem to be of greater relevance to their adjustment dynamics. Copyright (c) The London School of Economics and Political Science 2006.

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  • Ulf Von Kalckreuth, 2006. "Financial Constraints and Capacity Adjustment: Evidence from a Large Panel of Survey Data," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 73(292), pages 691-724, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:73:y:2006:i:292:p:691-724
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    1. Benito, Andrew & Garry Young, 2002. "Financial Pressure and Balance Sheet Adjustment by UK Firms," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 20, Royal Economic Society.
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    1. Spaliara, Marina-Eliza, 2009. "Do financial factors affect the capital-labour ratio? Evidence from UK firm-level data," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(10), pages 1932-1947, October.
    2. Thiess Buettner & Clemens Fuest, 2010. "The role of the corporate income tax as an automatic stabilizer," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 17(6), pages 686-698, December.
    3. Davis, E. Philip & Zhu, Haibin, 2009. "Commercial property prices and bank performance," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 49(4), pages 1341-1359, November.
    4. von Kalckreuth, Ulf, 2008. "Financing constraints, firm level adjustment of capital and aggregate implications," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2008,11, Deutsche Bundesbank.
    5. Ulf Kalckreuth, 2011. "Panel estimation of state-dependent adjustment when the target is unobserved," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 40(1), pages 205-235, February.

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