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Financial Pressure and Balance Sheet Adjustment by UK Firms

  • Benito, Andrew

    (Bank of England)

  • Garry Young

This paper examines the financial policies and balance sheet adjustment of companies. Using a large panel of UK firms, we estimate models for dividends, new equity issuance and investment, relating them to debt adjustment. The results suggest that while dividends are sticky in the short run, they are an important means of balance sheet adjustment in the long run. Other evidence supports the idea that companies actively target their balance sheet by variation in dividends, new equity issues and investment.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 with number 20.

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