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Financial development and the allocation of external finance

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  • Bena, Jan
  • Ondko, Peter

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We examine whether financial markets development facilitates the efficient allocation of resources. Using European micro-level data for 1996–2005, we show that firms in industries with growth opportunities use more external finance in financially more developed countries. This result is particularly strong for firms that are more likely to be financially constrained and dependent on domestic financial markets, such as small and young firms. Our findings are robust to controlling for technological determinants of external finance needs and to using different proxies for growth opportunities. Interestingly, the explanatory power of the measures of technological determinants identified in prior work decreases significantly once growth opportunities are controlled for.

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  • Bena, Jan & Ondko, Peter, 2012. "Financial development and the allocation of external finance," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 1-25.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:19:y:2012:i:1:p:1-25
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jempfin.2011.11.002
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    Keywords

    Financial development; External finance; Allocative efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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