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Financing High-Tech Growth: The Role of Debt or Equity

  • David B. Audretsch

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  • Erik E. Lehmann

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Using a data set of the firms listed on the Neuer Markt in Germany, this paper demonstrates that venture backed firms differ from firms with other financial resources, especially debt. Thus, the results of this study provide evidence for the hypothesis that small and innovative firms are more likely to be financed by venture capitalists instead of banks. We also provide evidence that the presence of venture capitalists enhance the growth rates of firms positively.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group in its series Papers on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy with number 2004-19.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: May 2004
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Handle: RePEc:esi:egpdis:2004-19
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