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Frontiers of Economics in China

Front. Econ. China    2015, Vol. 10 Issue (2) : 365-391     DOI: 10.3868/s060-004-015-0015-6
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Macroeconomic Uncertainty, Fund Demand and Corporate Investment
Yizhong Wang1(),Frank M. Song2()
1. School of Economics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
2. School of Economics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Using a unique set of data on fund use by China’s listed companies, this paper examines how macroeconomic uncertainty works on corporate investment. The study shows that macroeconomic uncertainty affects corporate investment behavior through the three channels of external demand, liquidity demand and long-term fund demand. However, the result is influenced by expectations and can differ across firms depending on their economic cycle, shareholder character, industrial character and the financial constraints they are exposed to. Specifically, high macroeconomic uncertainty can weaken the positive roles of these channels, especially those of external demand and liquidity demand, in driving corporate investment. During economic upturns, the effect of these channels is the most evident among state-owned firms, manufacturing firms and low cash dividend firms. The lessons from this study are that macroeconomic policies should be leveraged taking account of the channels through which economic shocks find their way, and monetary policies have to be implemented by targeting microscopic fund demand.

Keywords macroeconomic uncertainty      fund demand      corporate investment      monetary policy     
Issue Date: 19 June 2015
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Yizhong Wang,Frank M. Song. Macroeconomic Uncertainty, Fund Demand and Corporate Investment[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2015, 10(2): 365-391.
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