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Vintage Capital and Creditor Protection

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  • Efraim Benmelech
  • Nittai K. Bergman

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We provide novel evidence linking the level of creditor protection provided by law to the degree of usage of technologically older, vintage capital in the airline industry. Using a panel of aircraft-level data around the world, we find that better creditor rights are associated with both aircraft of a younger vintage and newer technology as well as firms with larger aircraft fleets. We propose that by mitigating financial shortfalls, enhanced legal protection of creditors facilitates the ability of firms to make large capital investments, adapt advanced technologies and foster productivity.

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  • Efraim Benmelech & Nittai K. Bergman, 2010. "Vintage Capital and Creditor Protection," NBER Working Papers 15735, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:15735
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    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation
    • L93 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Air Transportation

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