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Financing obstacles and growth: an analysis for euro area non-financial firms

Chiara Coluzzi, Annalisa Ferrando and Carmen Martinez-Carrascal
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Carmen Martinez Carrascal

The European Journal of Finance, 2015, vol. 21, issue 10-11, 773-790

Abstract: This paper investigates the determinants of financing obstacles (FOs) and their impact on firm growth. For this purpose, we rely on both balance sheet data and survey data for a sample of non-financial firms in the euro area. The latter allows us to devise a direct measure of the firms' probability of facing FOs. First, our results indicate that FOs are linked to characteristics such as the age of the firm, its size, its sales level or the sector in which it operates. Second, we find that, though based on few variables, our measure of FOs appears to be relevant in explaining firm growth in four out of the five countries considered; likewise, growth is found to be positively linked to cash flow.

Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1080/1351847X.2012.664154

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