Costly External Finance: Implications for Capital Markets Anomalies

47 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2008 Last revised: 10 Sep 2010

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Dongmei Li

University of South Carolina - Darla Moore School of Business - Department of Finance

Erica X. N. Li

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Lu Zhang, 张橹

Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: September 2008

Abstract

In a frictionless world, investment is perfectly elastic to changes in the discount rate. With financial frictions, investment is less elastic, meaning that a given magnitude of change in investment is associated with a higher magnitude of change in the discount rate. Equivalently, investment is a more powerful predictor of future stock returns. Consistent with this prediction, we document that the asset growth, external finance, and accrual anomalies in the cross-section of stock returns are much stronger in financially more constrained firms than in financially less constrained firms. Further tests show that this effect of financial constraints is distinct from the effect of financial distress and the effect of limits of arbitrage on the magnitude of the anomalies.

Suggested Citation

Li, Dongmei and Li, Erica X. N. and Zhang, Lu, Costly External Finance: Implications for Capital Markets Anomalies (September 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w14342. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1271375

Dongmei Li

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Erica X. N. Li

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