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Are there Financial Constraints For Firms Investing in Skilled Employees?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics (closed 20110301), Economics (closed 20110301). KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS (closed 20110701).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9311-3914
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how financial constraints affect intangible investment for knowledge intensive and less capital intensive firms. In this paper, a knowledge intensive firm implies a firm supplying knowledge intensive services which requires the firm to hire highly educated employees. In economics investment is defined as the act of incurring an immediate cost in the expectation of future reward, which also fits to the hiring of skilled employees. Drawing advantage of unique firm-level data comprising all Swedish knowledge intensive consulting firms I conclude that the accessibility to adequate collateral significantly affects the relationship between employment and internal funds at the firm level. The accessibility ofadequate collateral is more important in an economic downturn than in an expansion and more important for highly knowledge intensive consulting firms. In this paper I make a novel attempt to incorporate knowledge intensive services firms into the financial constraints literature.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2009. , 29 p.
CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation, 169
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Incomplete markets, asymmetric information, knowledge intensive business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-67496OAI: diva2:485047
QC 20120210Available from: 2012-02-10 Created: 2012-01-27 Last updated: 2012-02-10Bibliographically approved

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