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Determinants of capital budgeting methods and hurdle rates in Nordic firms
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
2013 (English)In: Accounting and Finance, ISSN 0810-5391, E-ISSN 1467-629X, Vol. 53, no 1, 85-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study the determinants for the choice of capital budgeting methods and the setting of hurdle rates (WACCs) in five Nordic countries. Combining survey data with a rich set of determinants, including ownership data, CFO characteristics, and financial data, we find that the use of the Net Present Value method and the sophistication of the capital budgeting are related to firm characteristics, variables proxying for real option features in investments and CFO characteristics (age and education). We also find support for significantly higher hurdle rates than motivated by economic theory. The premium is weakly positively related to managerial short-term pressure and strongly negatively related to the sophistication level of the firm’s capital budgeting.

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2013. Vol. 53, no 1, 85-110 p.
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Capital budgeting methods, Hurdle rate, Weighted average cost of capital, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Nordic countries
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87590DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-629X.2011.00462.xISI: 000316325600004OAI: diva2:604696
Available from: 2013-02-20 Created: 2013-02-12 Last updated: 2013-12-11Bibliographically approved

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