Investment Behavior, Observable Expectations, and Internal Funds
Posted: 20 Jul 1998
Date Written: 1995
We use earnings forecasts from securities analysts to construct more accurate measures of the fundamentals that affect the expected returns to investment. Using a variety of econometric techniques, including semi-parametric estimators, we find that investment responds significantly--in both economic and statistical terms--to our new measures of fundamentals. With our controls for expected future profits, we find that internal funds are uncorrelated with investment spending, even for selected subsamples of firms--those paying no dividends and those without bond ratings--that have been found to be "liquidity constrained" in previous studies.
JEL Classification: C14, C23, D92, E22
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