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Capital structure and institutional setting: a decompositional and international analysis

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The legal and institutional setting is more and more influential in firms' financial decisions. Our article analyses firms' capital structure in an international framework in order to assess the different level of debt use across countries and to identify both common and differential explanatory factors. Although the level of financial leverage is quite different, the factors that have traditionally driven capital structure decisions have much in common in all the legal and institutional settings. The performance and size of the firm, the assets tangibility and the growth opportunities have a relevant but differential effect across the different institutional systems. Consequently, our results suggest that the legal and institutional system of each country does not only affect firms' capital structure but also creates the conditions to explain a differential effect of the common determinants of firms' financial choices.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Valladolid, School of Business and Economics, Valladolid, Spain

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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