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Investment and Dividends under Irreversibility and Financial Constraints

  • Richard W P Holt

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Research finds that firms' investment and dividend policies are distorted by irreversibility and finance constraints. Whereas the existing literature examines these features separately, this paper considers their interaction. The main theoretical result concerns the separation of the investment and payout thresholds. he ordering of investment and distribution activities is endogenously determined and depends on the levels of capacity and cash balances in a manner consistent with a life- cycle interpretation of firm behaviour. The concavity of he revenue function is capital stock and the complementarily of the constraints drive these results. Important ramifications for empirical work on investment are discussed.

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Paper provided by Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh in its series ESE Discussion Papers with number 55.

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Date of creation: Jul 2000
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Handle: RePEc:edn:esedps:55
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