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Financial Shocks and Corporate Investment in Emerging Markets

Delong Li (), Nicolas Magud () and Fabian Valencia ()

Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2020, vol. 52, issue 2-3, 613-644

Abstract: We examine how cross‐firm and cross‐country heterogeneity shapes the responses of corporate investment in emerging markets to changes in U.S. monetary policy and financial‐market volatility, the latter proxying for uncertainty. We find that in response to increases in U.S monetary policy rates or financial‐market volatility, financially weaker firms reduce investment by more than financially strong firms. We also show that firms with stronger balance sheets delay investment voluntarily when faced with higher uncertainty. Finally, we find that stronger macroeconomic fundamentals (lower public debt or higher international reserves) help to buffer corporate investment from increases in U.S. monetary policy rates.

Date: 2020
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