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Financial frictions and the K/L ratio in UK manufacturing industries

  • Marina-Eliza Spaliara


    (Dept of Economics, Loughborough University)

Using comprehensive financial data on UK unquoted firms, we investigate whether technological differences of UK manufacturing industries influence the response of firms' capital-labour ratio (K/L) to changes in financial indicators under capital market imperfections. The results reveal that cash flow has a positive impact on the K/L ratio for constrained firms in high tech industries and a negative impact for firms with similar characteristics in low tech industries. Specifically, the sensitivity of the K/L ratio to cash flow not only depends on firms' net worth and financial frictions, but most importantly on firms' industry affiliation.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Loughborough University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2010_7.

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Date of creation: Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:lbo:lbowps:2010_7
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