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Policy initiatives and firms' access to external finance: Evidence from a panel of emerging Asian economies

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  • Bose, Udichibarna
  • MacDonald, Ronald
  • Tsoukas, Serafeim

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This paper analyses the impact of policy initiatives co-ordinated by Asian national governments on firms' access to external finance, using a unique firm-level database of eight Asian countries- Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand over the period of 1996-2012. Using a difference-indifferences approach and controlling for firm-level and macroeconomic factors, the results show a significant impact of policy on firms' access to external finance. After splitting firms into constrained and unconstrained, using several criteria, the results document that unconstrained firms benefited significantly in obtaining external finance, compared to their constrained counterparts. Finally, we show that the increase in access to external finance after the policy initiative helped firms to raise their investment spending, especially for unconstrained firms.

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  • Bose, Udichibarna & MacDonald, Ronald & Tsoukas, Serafeim, 2015. "Policy initiatives and firms' access to external finance: Evidence from a panel of emerging Asian economies," SIRE Discussion Papers 2015-65, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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    1. Paul Mizen & Frank Packer & Eli Remolona & Serafeim Tsoukas, 2018. "Original sin in corporate finance: New evidence from Asian bond issuers in onshore and offshore markets," Discussion Papers 2018/04, University of Nottingham, Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics (CFCM).

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    Keywords

    external Â…nance; emerging Asia; bond market policy initiatives; financial constraints;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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