Investment theory and empirical approach: a discussion on dificulties

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Casagrande, Elton Eustaquio [UNESP]
Cerezetti, Fernando Valvano [UNESP]
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In this paper, we analyse several contributions made concerning investment theory in the last decades. The objective of the paper is to discuss the difficulties of the testable theory identified by Chirinko (1983), Fazzari et al. (1988, 2000), Kaplan and Zingales (1997) and Hubbard (1998) to better understand the results of empirical approach. These few authors we worked with provided theoretical arguments and empirical evidences that internal finance variable of the firms may work as an indicator of financial constraint. In several developed countries, financing constraints has been identified as important to understand the investment spending. The principal indicator of financing constraints, that is, cash-flow has been questioned. However, the evidences offer a support to its relevance. We try to justify such evidence based on the few authors listed above, which have been quoted by empirical works. We try to contribute to debate adding aspect of the corporate finance to offer a logical explanation to econometric difficulties.
Asymmetric Information, Investiment, Corporate Finance
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Latin American Journal for Sustaibnable Development, v. 1, n. 1, p. 96-108, 2014.