Theory And Practice In Capital Budgeting: Evidence From Kuwait

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Yaser A. AlKulaib
Sulaiman A. Al-Jassar
Khalid Al-Saad


Capital Budgeting, Corporate Finance, Project Valuation, Survey, Emerging Markets, Kuwait Stock Exchange, NPV


Capital budgeting is an important tool in corporate finance, which is supported with numerous methods. Previous researches in this field shows that simple methods of capital budgeting are preferred over complex methods. With an objective to adopt relevant modification in the academic sector this paper evaluates the preferred capital budgeting practices in Kuwait, one of the strongest economy in the world, through a structured questionnaire distributed among 100 firms. The study also reveals the significance of demographic factors on real life capital budgeting practices as well as it probes in to the significance of the subjects; introductory finance, financial management and risk management. The results of the study are consistent with the previous researches in this field, that majority of the respondents use the NPV.  Furthermore, age, educational qualification, managerial levels, years of experience, company size, among others all have significant effects on most capital budgeting methods.


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