Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/173505
Authors: 
Torres Filho, Ernani Teixeira
Martins, Norberto Montani
Miaguti, Caroline Yukari
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Levy Economics Institute 896
Abstract: 
The present paper applies Hyman P. Minsky's insights on financial fragility in order to analyze the behavior of electricity distribution companies in Brazil from 2007 to 2015. More specifically, it builds an analytical framework to classify the firms operating in this sector into Minskyan risk categories and assess how financial fragility evolved over time, in each firm and in the sector as a whole. This work adapts Minsky's financial fragility indicators and taxonomy to the conditions of the electricity distribution sector and applies them to regulatory accounting data for more than 60 firms. This empirical application of Minsky's theory for analyzing firms engaged in the provision of public goods and services is a novelty. The results show an increase in the financial fragility of those firms (as well as the sector) throughout the period, especially between 2008 and 2013, even though the number of firms operating at the highest level of financial risk hardly changed.
Subjects: 
Minsky
Financial Fragility
Financial Instability Hypothesis
Electricity Distribution Companies
JEL: 
G31
G38
H40
L59
L94
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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