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Investment and Q in Spanish Manufacturing Firms

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  • Alonso-Borrego, Cesar
  • Bentolila, Samuel

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In this paper, the authors present estimates of Tobin's Q for a panel of Spanish firms over the period 1983-87 and test the Q theory of investment. The results are threefold. First, Q is significant in the investment equation but a variable proxying for liquidity constraints is also significant. Second, once those variables are included, sales are not significant. Third, the adjustment costs implied by the authors' estimated parameter are lower than those found in international empirical literature. Copyright 1994 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Alonso-Borrego, Cesar & Bentolila, Samuel, 1994. "Investment and Q in Spanish Manufacturing Firms," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 56(1), pages 49-65, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:56:y:1994:i:1:p:49-65
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    16. Silvio Rendón, 2000. "Job creation under liquidity constraints: The Spanish case," Economics Working Papers 488, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

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