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Conditional Investment-Cash Flow Sensitivities and Financing Constraints

  • Bond, Stephen R.

    (Nuffield College, Department of Economics and Centre for Business Taxation, University of Oxford, UK and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Söderbom, Måns

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

We study the sensitivity of investment to cash flow conditional on measures of q in an adjustment costs framework with costly external …nance. We present a benchmark model in which this conditional investment-cash flow sensitivity increases monotonically with the cost premium for external …- finance, for …firms in a fi…nancially constrained regime. Using simulated data, we show that this pattern is found in linear regressions that relate invest- ment rates to measures of both cash flow and average q. We also derive a structural equation for investment from the …first order conditions of our model, and show that this can be estimated directly.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 448.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 17 May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0448
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