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On the Solvency of Firms: Can Government’s Intervention Reduce External Financing of Firms’ Working Capital in Nigeria?

Dead Firms: Causes and Effects of Cross-border Corporate Insolvency

ISBN: 978-1-78635-314-6, eISBN: 978-1-78635-313-9

Publication date: 25 June 2016

Abstract

Purpose

This chapter intends to examine the relationship between government incentives and the mode of firms’ finance of their operation in Nigeria. Specifically, it does relate the solvency of the firm with the quality of their financing decisions and observed if government incentives such as creation of export processing zones and industrial parks will affect the firm’s decision of depending on external versus internal financing.

Methodology/approach

The results presented in this chapter are based on analysis of a firm-level data taken from the 2014 firm-level survey of the World Bank’s Enterprise Survey project for Nigeria. Different estimation techniques are applied for robustness and sensitivity. They include both the parametric and non-parametric regression approach.

Findings

The robust estimations show that firms that benefit from the government incentives tend to use more of internal funding to finance their operation unlike firms that are non-beneficiaries. In addition smaller firms are going to benefit more from the incentives than older firms, and less profitable firms are also going to use more of internal financing if they benefit from government incentives.

Practical implications

This chapter will be helpful for both research and teaching for undergraduate and post-graduate students. Importantly, its analysis and result will be useful for policy makers and their allies.

Originality/value

This chapter discusses solvency issues by considering the financing decision of firms, which is an important aspect in the going concern of firms.

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Citation

Efobi, U., Voufo, B.T., Beecroft, I. and Okougbo, P. (2016), "On the Solvency of Firms: Can Government’s Intervention Reduce External Financing of Firms’ Working Capital in Nigeria?", Dead Firms: Causes and Effects of Cross-border Corporate Insolvency (Advanced Series in Management, Vol. 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 47-75. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1877-636120160000015003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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