Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/63042
Authors: 
Mundaca, B. Gabriela
Nordal, Kjell Bjørn
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2007,03
Abstract: 
We analyze firms’ investment behavior, differentiating firms according to the cash flow levels they experience during their lifecycles. We consequently consider the firm as the basic unit and not firm-year observations. Firms with persistent positive cash flow show higher investment-cash flow sensitivity than firms with persistent negative cash flow. Independent of the industry they belong to, older firms with positive cash flow show a weaker sensitivity than younger firms with positive cash flow. Firms with persistent negative cash flow are neither younger nor smaller than their counterparts, and their cash flow coefficient can be positive, negative or statistically insignificant. Thus, classifying firms by age or size may not yield a group of firms with similar financial structures.
Subjects: 
Financial constraints
internal funds
investment-cash flow sensitivity
JEL: 
D21
G31
G32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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