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Business groups, financing constraints and investment: the case of India

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  • Robert Lensink
  • Remco van der Molen
  • Shubashis Gangopadhyay

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We examine the effect of business group affiliation on corporate investment behaviour in India. More specifically, we test whether group affiliation reduces financing constraints for the affiliated firms. We use a data set containing 694 listed Indian companies for the 1989-97 period. We estimate a simple investment equation and find evidence that the investment-cash flow sensitivity is much lower for group affiliates. This suggests that business group affiliates have better access to external funds than stand-alone firms.

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  • Robert Lensink & Remco van der Molen & Shubashis Gangopadhyay, 2003. "Business groups, financing constraints and investment: the case of India," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(2), pages 93-119.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:40:y:2003:i:2:p:93-119
    DOI: 10.1080/00220380412331293787
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