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Do external funds yield lower returns?: Recent evidence from East Asian economies

  • Driffield, Nigel
  • Pal, Sarmistha

One of the central explanations of the recent Asian Crisis has been the problem of moral hazard as the source of over-investment and excessive external borrowing. There is however rather limited firm-level empirical evidence to characterise inefficient use of internal and external finances. Using a large firm-level panel data-set from four badly affected Asian countries, this paper compares the rates of return to various internal and external funds among firms with low and high debt financing (relative to equity) among financially constrained and other firms. Selectivity corrected estimates obtained from random effects panel data model do suggest evidence of significantly lower rates of return to long-term debt, even among firms relying more on debt relative to equity in our sample. There is also evidence that average effective interest rates often significantly exceeded the average returns to long- term debt in the sample countries in the pre-crisis period.

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Volume (Year): 17 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 171-188

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