Firm financial behaviour dynamics and interactions: a structural vector autoregression approach

Shengfeng Li, Hafiz Hoque, Jacco Thijssen

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This paper investigates the dynamic interactions of firms’ financial behaviours using a five-variable structural vector autoregression (SVAR) framework. We provide empirical evidence that firms’ financial behaviours are jointly determined. We demonstrate that a single-equation analysis on one financial behaviour generates biased estimates. We find that firms deviate from the desired level of each financial characteristic to absorb shocks to the other financial characteristics. Following such deviations, the characteristics revert in subsequent periods. Among these inter-related financial behaviours, equity decisions are the most independent, followed by dividend target, investment, and leverage target. Although firms prioritize financial behaviours differently, it appears that there is neither one financial behaviour that firms use only to absorb shocks nor one that never responds to the others.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102028
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Corporate Finance
Early online date1 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021


  • Firm financial behaviours
  • Interactions
  • structural vector autoregression
  • Priority
  • Impulse response


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