Tallinn University of Technology

You are welcome to the Department of Economics and Finance research seminar  "Investment Irreversibility and Cyclical Adversity: Implications for the Financial Performance of European Manufacturing Companies". The seminar will take place on 10 March, at 16:00 - 17:00 on MS Teams (link).

Presenter: Kadri Männasoo (TalTech).

Abstract: This investigation shows how the irreversibility constraints of fixed tangible investments conditioned on the debt flows and financial standing of a company affect its financial performance in cyclical adversity. The Dynamic General Method of Moments (GMM) estimator evaluates the endogenous link between the investment-financing flows of companies and the risk-adjusted returns on assets and invested capital. The detrimental effects on financial returns stem from the ill-fated timing of irreversible or partially irreversible fixed tangible investment and arise for companies when there is a deep cyclical gap in real value added, where this adverse effect is particularly strong under concomitant high uncertainty in producer prices.

JEL Classification: D81; G01; G31; G32; E22; E32

Keywords: irreversibility of investments; financial performance; cyclicality in asset and capital returns; value added gap; uncertainty in producer prices

Authors: Kaido Kepp and Kadri Männasoo

The public research seminars of the Department of Economics and Finance (DEF) at Tallinn University of Technology  usually take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in both onsite and online format, unless announced otherwise. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of discussion. The seminars are held in English. Copies of the paper are usually made available at the seminar. The DEF seminar series is organised in collaboration with the project ”Individual Behaviour and Economic  Performance: Methodological  Challenges and Institutional Context” (IBEP), which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 952574. Questions about the seminar can be sent to the IBEP seminar coordinator Rachatar Nilavongse, rachatar.nilavongse@taltech.ee.

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