Investment–Cash Flow Sensitivities: Constrained versus Unconstrained Firms

  • Author(s): NATHALIE MOYEN
  • Published: Nov 27, 2005
  • Pages: 2061-2092
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2004.00692.x


From the existing literature, it is not clear what effect financing constraints have on the sensitivities of firms' investment to their cash flow. I propose an explanation that reconciles the conflicting empirical evidence. I present two models: the unconstrained model, in which firms can raise external funds, and the constrained model, in which firms cannot do so. Using low dividends to identify financing constraints in my generated panel of data produces results consistent with those of Fazzari, Hubbard, and Petersen; using the constrained model produces results consistent with those of Kaplan and Zingales.

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