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What managers think of capital structure and how they act: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe

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  • Péter Hernádi

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    (American Appraisal Hungary Ltd., Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

  • Mihály Ormos

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    (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

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This paper analyzes the capital structure and the choice of financing alternatives across a broad sample of Central and Eastern European companies. Our investigation is built on two methods: the first concentrates on capital structure decisions through quantitive information applying panel regression for the period 2005 - 2008 to allow a closer look at the strenght of the pecking order and static tradeoff theories; and the second extends the analysis with a qualitative questionnaire on the explicit and latent preferences behind financing policy. The same set of randomly selected 498 firms that fairly represent size classes and countries by the weight of their economic performance are investigated. The CFO's answers reflect a pecking order driven behavior; with limited role for the target leverage ratio; this is confirmed by the estimated coefficients of the panel regression.

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Article provided by Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies in its journal Baltic Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 12 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 47-71

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Handle: RePEc:bic:journl:v:12:y:2012:i:2:p:47-71

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Keywords: capital structure; emerging European countries; static tradeoff theory; pecking order theory;

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