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Corporate Balance Sheet Restructuring and Investment in the Euro Area

  • Albert Jaeger
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    The recent boom-bust cycle in the euro area's equity valuations has left nonfinancial corporations saddled with a legacy of high debt or leverage. Models of corporate investment behavior based on imperfect capital markets predict that highly leveraged balance sheets can act as a brake on investment spending. The paper's empirical analysis suggests that leverage effects on corporate investment can be substantial and persistent, particularly if leverage exceeds threshold values.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 03/117.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jun 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:03/117
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