Chaney, Sraer and Thesmar (2012) find that over the 1993{2007 period, a $1 increase in collateral (the value of real estate a firm actually owns) leads the representative US public corporation to raise its investment by $0.06. We first demonstrate that data Winsorization induces a strong bias in favour of finding this result. There is no relationship ($0.00 per $1) between the value of real estate a firm owns and its investment in the unaltered data. We also show that the identification approach based on local variations in real estate prices does not provide evidence on the collateral channel.

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Keywords Collateral, Real Estate Prices, Corporate Investment, Winsorization, Aggregate Shocks
JEL Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis (jel D22), Capital Budgeting; Investment Policy (jel G31), Production Analysis and Firm Location: General (jel R30)
Publisher Department of Economics
Series Carleton Economic Papers
Citation
Grieder, Timothy, & Khan, H.U. (2016). The Collateral Channel: How Real Estate Shocks Affect Corporate Investment: Comment (No. CEP 17-03). Carleton Economic Papers. Department of Economics.