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Debt overhang and investment efficiency

Francesca Barbiero, Alexander Popov () and Marcin Wolski

No 2018/08, EIB Working Papers from European Investment Bank (EIB)

Abstract: Using a pan-European data set of 8.5 million firms, this paper finds that firms with high debt overhang invest relatively more than otherwise similar firms if they are operating in sectors facing good global growth opportunities. At the same time, the positive impact of a marginal increase in debt on investment efficiency disappears if firm debt is already excessive, if it is dominated by short maturities, and during systemic banking crises. The results are consistent with theories of the disciplining role of debt, as well as with models highlighting the negative link between agency problems at firms and banks and investment efficiency.

Keywords: Investment effciency; Debt overhang; Banking crises (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E22 E44 G21 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-cfn and nep-mac
Date: 2018
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