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Financial constraints, working capital and the dynamic behavior of the firm

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  • Chan, Rosanna

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Financial constraints are widespread in developing countries, where even short term credit is limited. Finance held by firms as working capital is a substantial proportion of sales revenue, yet the role of working capital is largely neglected by existing models of financial constraints. I present a dynamic model of the firm that incorporates working capital by introducing a delay between factor payments and the receipt of revenue. In contrast with previous models, the working capital model predicts that firms under binding constraints will substitute between labor and capital in response to demand shocks, causing investment to be countercyclical. For firms near the margin of being constrained, constraints bind when positive production opportunities arise. Output growth is therefore constrained in response to positive shocks but not to negative shocks. Simulations suggest that models without working capital may understate the predicted effects of financial constraints on production efficiency, firm profit and growth over time. I test the predictions using the recently completed Bangladesh Panel Survey for manufacturing firms. Consistent with the theory, I find evidence that constraints bind when output price increases, that investment by constrained firms is countercyclical, and that output response to positive shocks is dampened for firms that are sometimes constrained. The results also are important for policy. In order to maximize growth, efforts to relieve credit constraints should be focused on periods when demand shocks are high.

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  • Chan, Rosanna, 2008. "Financial constraints, working capital and the dynamic behavior of the firm," MPRA Paper 27153, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Aug 2010.
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    1. Chan, Rosanna, 2009. "Why liquidity matters to the export decision of the firm," MPRA Paper 27154, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Aug 2010.

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    Keywords

    credit constraints; working capital; firm behavior; Bangladesh; firm theory; empirics; firm level data;

    JEL classification:

    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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