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Determinants of investment in fixed assets and in intangible assets for high-tech firms

Vol. 10, No 1, 2017

 

Paulo Maçãs Nunes

 

Management and Economics Department, Beira Interior University and CEFAGE Research Centre
Portugal

 

 

Determinants of investment in fixed assets and in intangible assets for high-tech firms

 

Zélia Serrasqueiro

 

Management and Economics Department, Beira Interior University and CEFAGE Research Centre
Portugal
zelia@ubi.pt

 

 

António Fernandes de Matos

 

Management and Economics Department, Beira Interior University
Portugal
fmatos@ubi.pt

 

 

 

Abstract. Based on a sample of 141 Portuguese high-tech firms for the period 2004-2012 and using GMM system (1998) and LSDVC (2005) dynamic estimators, this paper studies whether the determinants of high-tech firms’ investment in fixed assets are identical to the determinants of their investment in intangible assets. The multiple empirical evidence obtained allows us to conclude that the determinants of their investment in fixed assets are considerably different from those of their investment in intangible assets. Debt is a determinant stimulating investment in fixed assets, with age being a determinant restricting such investment. Size, age, internal finance and GDP are determinants stimulating investment in intangible assets, whereas debt and interest rates restrict such investment. These results let us make important suggestions for the owners/managers of high-tech firms, and also for policy-makers.

 

Received: October, 2016

1st Revision: February, 2017

Accepted: April, 2017

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2017/10-1/12

 

JEL Classification: C23, G32, L26

Keywords: investment in fixed assets, investment in intangible assets, KIBS, panel data