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Investment timing with fixed and proportional costs of external financing

  • Michi Nishihara

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

  • Takashi Sshibata

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    (Graduate School of Social Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University)

We develop a dynamic model in which a firm exercises an option to expand production with cash balance and costly external funds. While related papers explain their results only by numerical examples, we analytically prove the following results. In the presence of only a proportional cost of external financing, the firm with more cash balance invests earlier; however, the presence of both proportional and fixed costs leads to a non-monotonic relation between the investment time and cash balance. The firm with more cash balance invests later to save a fixed cost, particularly when the cash balance is close to the investment cost. Our results can potentially account for a variety of empirical results concerning the relation between investment volume and financing constraints.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 11-29.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:1129
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