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Financing the New Economy: Are ICT Firms Really That Different?

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  • Allard Bruinshoofd
  • Leo de Haan

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Did ICT firms behave very differently from non-ICT firms during the global ICT boom-bust cycle on the stock markets? To answer this question we analyze the financial behavior of a sample of North-American and Western European firms during 1991-2002. We document that ICT firms are indeed what they are always said to be: relatively information intensive and risky firms. We show that they therefore hold more precautionary cash and have lower leverage targets. Though ICT firms issued more equity and debt during the boom, this was broadly unrelated to stock market conditions, in contrast to the prediction of the market timing view. ICT firms did not build up excessive cash reserves that lead to overinvestment. All in all, the financial management of ICT firms has not been all that different from non-ICT firms.

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  • Allard Bruinshoofd & Leo de Haan, 2005. "Financing the New Economy: Are ICT Firms Really That Different?," DNB Working Papers 077, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
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    1. Antonio Acconcia & Claudia Cantabene, 2015. "Liquidity and Firm Response to Fiscal Stimulus," CSEF Working Papers 392, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy, revised 16 Feb 2016.

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    Keywords

    Cash Management; Market Timing; Capital Structure; ICT;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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