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Corporate Governance and Leverage: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

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  • Stefan Arping

    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Zacharias Sautner

    (University of Amsterdam)

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This discussion paper led to a publication in Finance Research Letters , 7(2), 127-34. 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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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 10-019/2.

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Date of creation: 05 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20100019

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Keywords: Corporate Governance; Corporate Leverage; Financing Policy;

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  1. Thomas O'Connor & Thomas Flavin, 2013. "The Effects of Ownership Structure on Corporate Financing Decisions: Evidence from Stock Market Liberalization," International Review of Finance, International Review of Finance Ltd., vol. 13(3), pages 383-405, 09.

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