Urban Vibrancy and Corporate Growth

54 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2014 Last revised: 2 Oct 2014

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Casey Dougal

Florida State University

Christopher A. Parsons

Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Sheridan Titman

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

We find that a firm's investment is highly sensitive to the investments of other firms headquartered nearby, even those in very different industries. It also responds to fluctuations in the cash flows and stock prices (q) of local firms outside its sector. These patterns do not appear to reflect exogenous area shocks such as local shocks to labor or real estate values, but rather suggest that local agglomeration economies are important determinants of firm investment and growth.

Suggested Citation

Dougal, Casey and Parsons, Christopher A. and Titman, Sheridan, Urban Vibrancy and Corporate Growth (July 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20350, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2475697

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