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Corporate governance and leverage: Evidence from a natural experiment

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  • Arping, Stefan
  • Sautner, Zacharias

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We argue that the recent corporate governance reform in the Netherlands provides a natural experiment to explore the impact of changes in corporate governance on financing policy. We find that, relative to a control sample of comparable firms outside the Netherlands, Dutch firms significantly reduced their leverage following the passage of the reform. Our findings are consistent with the view that corporate governance improvements reduce the value of debt as a disciplining device.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Finance Research Letters.

Volume (Year): 7 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 127-134

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Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:7:y:2010:i:2:p:127-134

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Keywords: Corporate governance Corporate leverage Financing policy;

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  1. Thomas Flavin & Thomas O'Connor, 2013. "The effects of ownership structure on corporate financing decisions: Evidence from stock market liberalization," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n235-13.pdf, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.

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