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Capital Market Financing, Firm Growth, and Firm Size Distribution

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  • Tatiana Didier

    (World Bank)

  • Ross Levine

    (University of California at Berkeley and National Bureau of Economic Research)

  • Sergio L. Schmukler

    (World Bank and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research)

Abstract

How many and which firms issue equity and bonds in domestic and international markets, how do these firms grow relative to non-issuing firms, and how does firm performance vary along the firm size distribution (FSD)? To evaluate these questions, we construct a new dataset by matching data on firm-level capital raising activity with balance sheet data for 45,527 listed firms in 51 countries. Three main patterns emerge from the analysis. (1) Only a few large firms issue equity or bonds, and among them a small subset has raised a large proportion of the funds raised during the 1990s and 2000s. (2) Issuers grow faster than non-issuers in terms of assets, sales, and employment, that is, firms do not simply use securities markets to adjust their financial accounts. (3) The FSD of issuers evolves differently from that of non-issuers, tightening among issuers and widening among non-issuers.

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  • Tatiana Didier & Ross Levine & Sergio L. Schmukler, 2015. "Capital Market Financing, Firm Growth, and Firm Size Distribution," Working Papers 172015, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
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    Keywords

    Access to Finance; Bond Markets; Capital Market Development; Capital Raisings; Firm Dynamics; Firm Financing; Stock Markets;

    JEL classification:

    • F65 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Finance
    • G00 - Financial Economics - - General - - - General
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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