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Does Financial-Industrial Group Membership Affect Fixed Investment? Evidence from Russia

  • Volchkova Natalya

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The current research estimates the accelerator type model of fixed investment using a Russian industrial enterprise dataset for 1996 and 1997. The sample of firms was divided into two subsamples based on the ownership structure data. Unregistered Financial-Industrial Groups and non-group subsets were analyzed in order to compare sensitivities of investment to changes in internal liquidity between these sets of firms. Controlling for size and investment opportunities it was found that in 1996-1997 the firms in unregistered groups invested a larger proportion of their retained earnings relative to the rest of the economy. We interpret this result as a proof of the hypothesis of better contract enforcement in unofficial groups compared to the rest of economy in the situation of lack of external financing of investment.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 09 Nov 2001
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Handle: RePEc:eer:wpalle:01-03e
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  1. Peter K. Clark, 1979. "Investment in the 1970s: Theory, Performance, and Prediction," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 10(1), pages 73-124.
  2. Lizal, Lubomir & Svejnar, Jan, 1998. "Enterprise Investment During the Transition: Evidence from Czech Panel Data," CEPR Discussion Papers 1835, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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