Investments and Capital Markets Imperfections, Identification Issues: A Survey
Financial Theory and Practice, Vol. 34, Issue 4, pp. 407-434.
36 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2010 Last revised: 9 Dec 2010
Date Written: September 8, 2010
If financial markets are perfect, the choice of the sources of finance does not influence investment decisions. However, financial markets are considered to be far from perfect. This review concentrates on the role of information asymmetry in determining real investment decisions. Despite the theoretical plausibility of a relationship between capital markets imperfections and real investments, the empirical literature has found it difficult to identify this channel. Overall, more research is needed to identify method which will not be subject to critiques related to the use of cash-flow in the investment equation and will be based on the data that are relatively available across countries and over time.
Keywords: Investment, asymmetric information, capital markets imperfections
JEL Classification: D53, G32, E22
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