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Dynamic Optimal Capital Structure and Technical Change

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  • Lööf, Hans

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

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The importance of capital structure is explored by comparing existing archetypes of financial systems through a new methodological application. Differences in firms’ cost of capital show that capital structure is relevant in R&D and other investment decisions. The conclusions are that 1) there are large and also unexpected cross-country differences in determinants to optimal capital structure; 2) observed leverage is often different from target in both equity (or stock market based) and debt (or bank based) dominated systems; 3) faster speed towards the target is observed in the equity based system indicating a higher flexibility.

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 23.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 09 Dec 2004
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Publication status: Published in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2004, pages 449-468.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0023

Note: The paper is published in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Vol 15 Issue 14, pages 449-468 (December 2004)
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Keywords: Capital structure; dynamic adjustment; panel data; optimal leverage; financial markets; cross-country comparison; technological change; creative destruction.;

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