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Borrowing constraints and the agricultural investment decision process

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  • Luciano Gutierrez

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Sassari, 07100 Sassari, Italy)

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This paper develops a dynamic intertemporal model under the hypothesis of asymmetric information for the analysis of the rate of investment in the agricultural sector. The model stresses the importance of borrowing constraints for the investment decision of firms. Using the model we derive, following Abel and Blanchard's (1986) approach, an estimate for marginal Tobin's Q. We find that this series is positively and strongly related to the agricultural rate of investment in Italy during the period of 1960-1996. [Econ-Lit Citations: Q14, E62, E22] © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Luciano Gutierrez, 2001. "Borrowing constraints and the agricultural investment decision process," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(1), pages 101-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:18:y:2001:i:1:p:101-114 DOI: 10.1002/agr.10008
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    1. Davies, Stephen P. & Erickson, Kenneth W. & Vickner, Steven S. & Hoag, Dana L. & Nehring, Richard F., 2005. "An Error-Components Three-Stage Least-Squares Model of Investment Allocation by Farm Households," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19249, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Chaddad, Fabio Ribas & Cook, Michael L., 2002. "Testing For The Presence Of Financial Constraints In U.S," Working Papers 26045, University of Missouri Columbia, Department of Agricultural Economics.

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