Corporate Debt Overhang and Investment in Russia: The Role of Financial Conditions and Government Participation
After the global financial crisis Russian macroeconomic dynamics changed dramatically: reduced access to external financing and the worsening economic outlook led to very weak investment dynamics. We test and confirm the hypothesis that one of the reasons is high debt burden of Russian companies - debt overhang. We propose a new indicator for debt overhang. Now the issue of financing investment in Russia is especially important: due to political reasons, the international capital markets are closed for most Russian companies. Special attention is given to the active participation of the government in the capital of companies. Companies associated with the state have formal and informal preferences, easier access to debt financing and may have soft budget constraints.