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Financial constraints and firm Dynamics

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  • Giulio Bottazzi

    () (LEM - Laboratory of Economics and Management - Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)

  • Angelo Secchi

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Federico Tamagni

    () (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Institute of Economics)

Abstract

This study analyzes the effect of financial constraints (FCs) on firm dynamics. We measure FCs with an official credit rating, which captures availability and cost of external resources. We find that FCs undermine average firm growth, induce anti-correlation in growth patterns, and reduce the dependence of growth volatility on size. FCs are also associated with higher volatility and asymmetries in growth shock distributions, preventing young fast-growing firms especially from seizing attractive growth opportunities and further deteriorating the growth prospects of already slow-growing firms, particularly if old. The sub-diffusive nature of the growth process of constrained firms is compatible with the distinctive properties of their size distribution.

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  • Giulio Bottazzi & Angelo Secchi & Federico Tamagni, 2014. "Financial constraints and firm Dynamics," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00976545, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:hal-00976545
    DOI: 10.1007/s11187-012-9465-5
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    contraintes financières;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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