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Do European Firms Behave as if they Converge toward a Target Capital Structure?

Do European Firms Behave as if they Converge toward a Target Capital Structure? Utilizing a large sample of European firms, we demonstrate that firms behave as if they converge toward a target capital structure (“leveraging process”), defined by traditional trade‐off variables. Moreover, we find that such behavior is evident regardless of firm size and ownership structure. We compare the degree of convergence among different groups of firms and find that medium‐sized firms, firms from the new EU member states, and firms from Southern Europe exhibit a stronger “leveraging process” than the rest of the sampled firms. Our results also highlight that the economic crisis, which began in the late 2008, impacted the leveraging dynamics; however, the general pattern of convergence remained unchanged. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting Wiley

Do European Firms Behave as if they Converge toward a Target Capital Structure?

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN
0954-1314
eISSN
1467-646X
DOI
10.1111/jifm.12046
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Abstract

Utilizing a large sample of European firms, we demonstrate that firms behave as if they converge toward a target capital structure (“leveraging process”), defined by traditional trade‐off variables. Moreover, we find that such behavior is evident regardless of firm size and ownership structure. We compare the degree of convergence among different groups of firms and find that medium‐sized firms, firms from the new EU member states, and firms from Southern Europe exhibit a stronger “leveraging process” than the rest of the sampled firms. Our results also highlight that the economic crisis, which began in the late 2008, impacted the leveraging dynamics; however, the general pattern of convergence remained unchanged.

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Journal of International Financial Management & AccountingWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2016

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