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Investment and financing constraints in China : does working capital management make a difference ?

Ding, Sai and Guariglia, Alessandra and Knight, John (2010) 'Investment and financing constraints in China : does working capital management make a difference ?', Working Paper. Durham University, Durham.


We use a panel of over 120,000 Chinese firms of different ownership types over the period2000-2007 to analyze the linkages between investment in fixed and working capital andfinancing constraints. We find that those firms characterized by high working capital displayhigh sensitivities of investment in working capital to cash flow (WKS) and low sensitivities ofinvestment in fixed capital to cash flow (FKS). We then construct and analyze firm-level FKSand WKS measures and find that, despite severe external financing constraints, those firmswith low FKS and high WKS exhibit the highest fixed investment rates. This suggests thatgood working capital management may help firms to alleviate the effects of financingconstraints on fixed investment.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords:Investment, Cash flow, Financing constraints, Working capital, JEL classifcation: D92 E22.
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Record Created:07 Dec 2012 10:37
Last Modified:16 Oct 2013 13:30

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