English, Article edition: Testing Theories of Capital Structure and Estimating the Speed of Adjustment Huang, Rongbing; Ritter, Jay R.

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  • Testing Theories of Capital Structure and Estimating the Speed of Adjustment
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  • Huang, Rongbing
  • Ritter, Jay R.
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  • This paper examines time-series patterns of external financing decisions and shows that publicly traded U.S. firms fund a much larger proportion of their financing deficit with external equity when the cost of equity capital is low. The historical values of the cost of equity capital have long-lasting effects on firms historical financing decisions. We also introduce a new econometric technique to deal with biases in estimates of the speed of adjustment toward target leverage. We find that firms adjust toward target leverage at a moderate speed, with a half-life of 3.7 years for book leverage, even after controlling for the traditional determinants of capital structure and firm fixed effects.
  • RePEc:cup:jfinqa:v:44:y:2009:i:02:p:237-271_09
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