An Analysis of Divisional Investment Policies

37 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2000 Last revised: 30 May 2022

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Hyun-Han Shin

Yonsei University

René M. Stulz

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: June 1996

Abstract

This paper investigates the divisional investment policies of diversified firms. We find that investment of the smallest division of diversified firms is significantly related to the cash flow of the other segments. We then show that the smallest division's investment is more sensitive to the cash flow of the other divisions for firms where one expects aggregate investment to be related to cash flow also, namely low q firms and firms with high leverage. This and other evidence we provide is consistent with what we call the bureaucratic rigidity hypothesis. This hypothesis states that relative allocations of investment funds in diversified firms are sticky. We fail to find support for the view that diversified firms allocate more funds to divisions in industries with better investment opportunities

Suggested Citation

Shin, Hyun-Han and Stulz, Rene M., An Analysis of Divisional Investment Policies (June 1996). NBER Working Paper No. w5639, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225561

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