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Investment timing, liquidity, and agency costs of debt

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  • Hirth, Stefan
  • Uhrig-Homburg, Marliese

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This paper examines the effect of debt and liquidity on corporate investment in a continuous-time framework. We show that stockholder-bondholder agency conflicts cause investment thresholds to be U-shaped in leverage and decreasing in liquidity. In the absence of tax effects, we derive the optimal level of liquid funds that eliminates agency costs by implementing the first-best investment policy for a given capital structure. In a second step we generalize the framework by introducing a tax advantage of debt, and we show that an interior solution for liquidity and capital structure optimally trades off tax benefits and agency costs of debt.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Corporate Finance.

Volume (Year): 16 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 243-258

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Handle: RePEc:eee:corfin:v:16:y:2010:i:2:p:243-258

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Keywords: Investment timing Liquidity Agency costs of debt Capital structure Real options;

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  3. Michi Nishihara & Takashi Sshibata, 2011. "Investment timing with fixed and proportional costs of external financing," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 11-29, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
  4. Michi NISHIHARA & Takashi SHIBATA, 2012. "The effects of external financing costs on investment timing and sizing decisions," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 12-07, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
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