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Does Public Debt Crowd Out Corporate Investment? International Evidence

Yi Huang, Ugo Panizza and Richard Varghese
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Yi Huang: IHEID, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

No 08-2018, IHEID Working Papers from Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies

Abstract: Using data for advanced and emerging economies, we show that there is a negative correlation between public debt and corporate investment. Industry-level regressions show that high levels of government debt are particularly damaging for industries that need more external ?financial resources. Firm-level regressions show that government debt increases the sensitivity of corporate investment to cash ?flow. These results indicate that the relationship between public debt and investment is likely to be causal and that public debt crowds out corporate investment by tightening credit constraints.

Keywords: Investment; Public Debt; Crowding Out; Credit Constraints (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E22 E62 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2018-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cfn, nep-fdg, nep-ifn, nep-mac, nep-pbe and nep-sbm
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