A Response to Hackethal and Schmidt (2003) 'Financing Patterns: Measurement Concepts and Empirical Results'
11 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2004
Date Written: January 15, 2004
Hackethal and Schmidt (2003) criticize a large body of literature on the financing of corporate sectors in different countries that questions some of the distinctions conventionally drawn between financial systems. Their criticism is directed against the use of net flows of finance and they propose alternative measures based on gross flows which they claim re-establish conventional distinctions. This paper argues that their criticism is invalid and that their alternative measures are misleading. There are real issues raised by the use of aggregate data but they are not the ones discussed in Hackethal and Schmidt's paper.
Keywords: Corporate finance, financial systems
JEL Classification: G30
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