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What are the Capital Structure Determinants for Tax-Exempt Organizations?

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    I study the determinants of capital structure in the absence of tax incentives. I find that debt use is positively related to asset tangibility, growth, and size, and negatively related to age, liquidity, and profitability. Tax-exempt sector-specific findings indicate that debt is also positively related to the efficacy of state laws against the misuse of assets and to the percentage of decision makers that are paid and negatively related to decision-maker compensation and to charitable contributions. Religious organizations most commonly borrow from internal sources, those in education use tax-exempt bonds, while human services organizations use mortgages and notes payable. Copyright (c) 2010, The Eastern Finance Association.

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    Article provided by Eastern Finance Association in its journal Financial Review.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (08)
    Pages: 845-872

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:45:y:2010:i:3:p:845-872

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