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Investment-Cash Flow Sensitivities or Cash-Cash Flow Sensitivities? An Evaluative Framework for Measures of Financial Constraints

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  • Bert D'Espallier
  • Sigrid Vandemaele
  • Ludo Peeters

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We evaluate two models commonly used for measuring financial constraints in their ability to discriminate between constrained and unconstrained firms. We compute firm-specific estimates for the "cash flow sensitivity of investment" (CFSI), and the "cash flow sensitivity of cash" (CFSC) and provide a framework that summarizes the performance of each model into a single numerical metric. We argue that this 'ex-post' approach provides interesting advantages over the traditional operationalization, in which firms are classified 'ex-ante' on a theoretical basis. Our findings suggest the superiority of the CFSI model over the CFSC model for a sample of manufacturing SMEs in Belgium. Copyright (c) 2008 The Authors Journal compilation (c) 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Bert D'Espallier & Sigrid Vandemaele & Ludo Peeters, 2008. "Investment-Cash Flow Sensitivities or Cash-Cash Flow Sensitivities? An Evaluative Framework for Measures of Financial Constraints," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 35(7-8), pages 943-968.
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