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Depreciation rates in a transition economy: evidence from czech panel data


  • Lubomír Lízal


This paper examines industrial differences in depreciation rates and thesuitabilitz of financial data for a microeconomic analzsis. Depreciation isa main source of enterprise investment and serves as a source forreplacement of obsolete or used-up capital. The findings on capitalstructure in this paper are consistent with the common view that heavzindustrz firms have long-life capital while firms operating in electronics,or light industrz as a whole, have a capital structure containing a higherportion of a short-life capital. Also, larger firms are more likelz to havea higher portion of long-life capital, like real estate. The last conclusiondrawn from this analzsis is that certain tzpes of financial data might behighlz influenced bz seasonal effects which could operate a s a measurementerror and therefore distort estimates which are sensitive to them.

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  • Lubomír Lízal, 1999. "Depreciation rates in a transition economy: evidence from czech panel data," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 1999(3).
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpep:v:1999:y:1999:i:3:id:50

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    1. Jaromír Hurník & David Navrátil, 2005. "Potential Output in the Czech Republic: A Production Function Approach," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2005(3), pages 253-266.
    2. Lizal, L., 1999. "Does a Soft Macroeconomic Environment Induce Restructuring on the Microeconomic Level during the Transition Period? Evidence from Investment Behavior of Czech Enterprises," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp147, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Prague.
    3. Lubomír Lízal & Jan Svejnar, 2002. "Investment, Credit Rationing, And The Soft Budget Constraint: Evidence From Czech Panel Data," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 84(2), pages 353-370, May.
    4. Lubomir Lizal & Jan Svejnar, 2000. "Financial Conditions and Investment during the Transition: Evidence from Czech Firms," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp153, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Prague.
    5. Janez Prasnikar & Jan Svejnar, 1998. "Investment Wages and Ownership During the Transition to a Market Economy: Evidence from Slovenian Firms," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 144, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    6. Jarko Fidrmuc & Roman Horváth & Eva Horváthová, 2010. "Corporate Interest Rates and the Financial Accelerator in the Czech Republic," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(4), pages 41-54, January.
    7. Dana Hajkova, 2008. "The Measurement of Capital Services in the Czech Republic," Working Papers 2008/11, Czech National Bank, Research Department.

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    measurement error; depreciation; investment; financial data; transition;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • K34 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Tax Law
    • M4 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting
    • P11 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform


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