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Firms' Investment and Finance Decisions: Theory and Empirical Methodology

Firms' Investment and Finance Decisions: Theory and Empirical Methodology

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Book DescriptionThis book provides coherent theoretical and empirical analysis of firms’ investment and financing decisions. It assesses the role of uncertainty, financial imperfections, corporate governance and taxation. Evidence is obtained using several unique and high quality microeconomic data-sets which explore features seldom addressed.

Overall, the empirical results confirm theoretical precedents. Some firms are indeed financially constrained, for fixed investment as well as for R&D projects. The ‘free cash-flow’ hypothesis holds that managers divert excess funds away for their own interests, but less so in closely controlled companies. In accordance with the real option theory, the results suggest that uncertainty leads firmsto adopt a ‘wait and see’ strategy which eventually reduces investment, especially for irreversible investment. Corporate governance features are shown to affect managers, discipline and companies’ restructuring plans. Finally, different tax reforms are evaluated, and an alternative tax structure that would stimulate growth is proposed.

Scholars, including those with an interest in microeconomics and econometrics, and staff within central banks and national and international organizations will also find the book of interest, as will policymakers and decision-makers concerned with the role of financing, corporate governance and taxation on firm’s decisions.