Frank, Murray Z. and Goyal, Vidhan K. (2009): Capital Structure Decisions: Which Factors are Reliably Important? Published in: Financial Management , Vol. 38, No. 1 (2009): pp. 1-37.
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This paper examines the relative importance of many factors in the capital structure decisions of publicly traded American firms from 1950 to 2003. The most reliable factors for explaining market leverage are: median industry leverage (+ effect on leverage), market-to-book assets ratio (−), tangibility (+), profits (−), log of assets (+), and expected inflation (+). In addition, we find that dividend-paying firms tend to have lower leverage. When considering book leverage, somewhat similar effects are found. However, for book leverage, the impact of firm size, the market-to-book ratio, and the effect of inflation are not reliable. The empirical evidence seems reasonably consistent with some versions of the trade-off theory of capital structure.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Capital Structure Decisions: Which Factors are Reliably Important?|
|Keywords:||Capital structure; Pecking order; Tradeoff theory; market timing; multiple imputation.|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance > G39 - Other
G - Financial Economics > G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance > G32 - Financing Policy ; Financial Risk and Risk Management ; Capital and Ownership Structure ; Value of Firms ; Goodwill
|Depositing User:||Vidhan Goyal|
|Date Deposited:||25. May 2010 11:37|
|Last Modified:||07. Jan 2014 20:10|
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