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Internal Capital Markets in Times of Crisis: The Benefit of Group Affiliation in Italy

Raffaele Santioni (), Fabio Schiantarelli () and Philip E. Strahan ()
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Philip E. Strahan: Boston College and NBER

No 1146, Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: Italy’s economic and banking systems have been under stress in the wake of the global financial crisis and the euro crisis. Our results suggest that firms in business groups have been more likely to survive in this challenging environment than unaffiliated firms. Better performance stems from access to an internal capital market, and the survival value of groups increases, inter alia, with group-wide cash flow. We show that actual internal capital transfers increase during the crisis, and these transfers move funds from cash-rich to cash-poor firms and also to those with more favourable investment opportunities. The ability to borrow externally provides the internal capital market with additional funds, but sharing external capital becomes less important during a crisis. Our overall results highlight the benefits of internal capital markets when external capital markets are tight or distressed.

Keywords: business groups; internal capital markets; financial crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G01 G21 G31 G33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-10
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