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Credit Scarcity In Developing Countries: An Empirical Investigation Using Brazilian Firm-Level Data

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  • ANDRÉ ALBUQUERQUE SANT'ANNA
  • ANTÔNIO MARCOS HOELZ PINTO AMBROZIO
  • FILIPE LAGE DE SOUSA
  • JOÃO PAULO MARTIN FALEIROS

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The aim of this paper is investigating whether Brazilian industrial firms are credit constraint. We exploit a rich database that contains more than 3.000 firms with characteristics that may affect their degree of credit constraints: size, being listed in the Brazilian stock market and level of exports-sales ratio. Our results show that all dimensions considered here may affect the sensitiveness of in-vestment to cash flow, i.e., large firms, stock market listed companies as well as large export capac-ity are associated with inexistence or less credit restriction. Specifically, considering firm’s size, our results corroborate the economic theory prediction and empirical international literature. However, when compared to Brazilian studies, our findings are similar to Terra (2003), however, they differ from Aldrighi and Bisinha (2010) evidences that are based only on listed firms. Furthermore, the in-fluence of being listed in the stock market and export capacity is beyond any possible correlation with size. Even small and middle firms are not credit constraint when listed in the stock market or when the exports-sales ratio is higher.
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  • André Albuquerque Sant'Anna & Antônio Marcos Hoelz Pinto Ambrozio & Filipe Lage De Sousa & João Paulo Martin Faleiros, 2016. "Credit Scarcity In Developing Countries: An Empirical Investigation Using Brazilian Firm-Level Data," Anais do XLII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 42nd Brazilian Economics Meeting] 038, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pós-Graduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
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    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity

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