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Do investments in human and physical capital respond differently to financing constraints?

Giorgio Brunello (), Áron Gereben, Désirée Rückert, Christoph Weiss and Patricia Wruuck ()
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Áron Gereben: European Investment Bank
Désirée Rückert: European Investment Bank
Patricia Wruuck: European Investment Bank

Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2022, vol. 158, issue 1, 1-14

Abstract: Abstract Using a representative sample of European firms, we study whether financing constraints affect employers’ investments in employee training and physical capital differently. We measure financing constraints with an index that combines survey and balance sheet data. We instrument this index with the non-performing loans ratio of the bank that provided the last loan to the firms or with the average ratio of banks in the local area. We find that financing constraints have no effect on investment in training, but substantially reduce investment in physical capital.

Keywords: Training; Financing constraints; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 D25 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1186/s41937-022-00090-8

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