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Financial Constraints and Continental Business Groups: Evidence from German Konzerns

Discussion Papers 590, 16 S.

Dorothea Schäfer, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Oleksandr Talavera

2006. Jun.

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Published in: Research in International Business and Finance 23 (2009) Iss. 3, 233-242


Using a unique, large panel of German firms, we examine whether participation in business groups reduces the sensitivity of investment to cash flow. The main finding is that the reduction in the sensitivity is small for small firms and negligible for medium and large firms. We argue that by virtue of the continental business model, gains from business groups should be in better contract enforcement and coordination rather than in internalizing capital markets.

JEL-Classification: G32;G34
Keywords: concern, business group, investment, liquidity constraints.
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