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Corporate Interest Rates and the Financial Accelerator in the Czech Republic

  • Jarko Fidrmuc
  • Roman Horváth
  • Eva Horváthová

We analyze the determinants of corporate interest rates and the financial accelerator in the Czech Republic. Using a unique panel of 448 Czech firms from 1996 to 2002, we find that selected balance sheet indicators significantly influence the firmspecific interest rates. Debt structure and cash flow have significant effects on interest rates, whereas indicators on collateral play no significant role. Monetary policy has stronger effects on smaller firms than on medium-size and larger firms. Finally, we find no asymmetric effects in the monetary policy over the business cycle.

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Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (January)
Pages: 41-54

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