Access to Liquidity and Corporate Investment in Europe During the Financial Crisis
38 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2010 Last revised: 23 Aug 2011
Date Written: August 18, 2011
We use a unique dataset to show how firms in Europe used credit lines during the financial crisis. We find that firms with restricted access to credit (small, private, non-investment grade, and unprofitable) draw more funds from their credit lines during the crisis than their large, public, investment-grade, profitable counterparts. Interest spreads increased (especially in “market-based economies”), but commitment fees remained unchanged Our findings suggest that credit lines did not dry up during the crisis and provided the liquidity that firms used to cope with this exceptional contraction. In particular, credit lines provided the liquidity companies needed to invest during the crisis.
Keywords: Financial Crisis, Investment Spending, Lines of Credit
JEL Classification: G31
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