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Nonlinear Models in Corporate Finance Research: Review, Critique, and Extensions


  • Sheng-Syan Chen


  • Kim Wai Ho


  • Cheng-Few Lee


  • Keshab Shrestha



Since the work of Morck, Shleifer and Vishny (1988), nonlinear model specification has gained more attention in corporate finance research. In this paper, we provide a detailed review of the previous studies that have examined nonlinear relations in corporate finance. We review the theory and evidence in these studies and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various methodologies used to detect nonlinearity. We also suggest two possible methodological extensions, which we apply in the empirical analysis of R&D investment and firm value.

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  • Sheng-Syan Chen & Kim Wai Ho & Cheng-Few Lee & Keshab Shrestha, 2004. "Nonlinear Models in Corporate Finance Research: Review, Critique, and Extensions," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 22(2), pages 141-169, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:rqfnac:v:22:y:2004:i:2:p:141-169

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    1. Hamadi, Malika & Heinen, Andréas, 2015. "Firm performance when ownership is very concentrated: Evidence from a semiparametric panel," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 172-194.
    2. Yu, Hai-Chin & Sopranzetti, Ben J. & Lee, Cheng-Few, 2012. "Multiple banking relationships, managerial ownership concentration and firm value: A simultaneous equations approach," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 52(3), pages 286-297.
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