The Impact of Financial Position on Investment: An Analysis for Non-Financial Corporations in the Euro Area
38 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2008
Date Written: September 25, 2008
This paper analyses the impact that firms' financial position has on investment decisions using panel data from a large sample of non-financial corporations (around 120,000 firms) in six euro area countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). The results indicate that financial position is important to explain capital expenditures, as financial pressure appears relevant in explaining investment dynamics when it is proxied by cash flow, indebtedness and debt burden. The results also show differences in the sensitivity of investment rates to changes in financial pressure across countries, which appears to be especially large in the Netherlands and Italy and relatively small in Germany.
Keywords: financial pressure, fixed investment, balance sheet channel, panel data
JEL Classification: C33, E22, G32, J23
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