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Financing Asset Sales and Business Cycles

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  • Marc ARNOLD

    (University of St. Gallen)

  • Dirk HACKBARTH

    (Boston University School of Management)

  • Tatjana XENIA PUHAN

    (University of Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute)

Abstract

Using a dynamic model of financing, investment, and macroeconomic risk, we investigate when firms sell assets to fund investments (financing asset sales) across the business cycle. The model reveals that financing asset sales entail a lower wealth transfer from equity to debt than otherwise identical but equity financed investments. Exploring the dynamics of this motive across business cycles helps explain novel stylized facts about asset sales and their business cycle patterns that cannot be rationalized by traditional motives for selling assets.

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  • Marc ARNOLD & Dirk HACKBARTH & Tatjana XENIA PUHAN, 2014. "Financing Asset Sales and Business Cycles," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 14-11, Swiss Finance Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp1411
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    Keywords

    Asset Sales; Wealth Transfer Problem; Leverage; Business Cycles; Real Options;
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    JEL classification:

    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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