Juanita Gonzales-Uribe (London School of Economics), “How Sensitive is Young Firm Investment to the Cost of Outside Equity? Evidence from a UK Tax Relief”, Fédération des Banques Françaises Seminar, Toulouse: IDEI, May 22, 2017, 12:30–14:00, room MF 323.
We estimate the sensitivity of investment to the cost of outside equity for young firms. For estimation, we exploit differences across firms in eligibility to a new tax relief program for individual outside investors in the UK. On average, investment increases 1.6% in response to a 10% drop in the cost of outside equity. This average conceals substantial heterogeneity: 1% of eligible firms issue equity in response to a subsidy that would have doubled investors’ returns, implying large outside equity issuance costs for the majority of firms. Conditional on issuing new equity, however, firms invest eight times the issued amount. The results imply a large complementarity between outside equity and non-equity liabilities in young firms.