Tax incentives and capital structure choice: Evidence from Germany
AbstractThis paper provides new evidence that taxes affect capital structure choice, using a unique and comprehensive panel data set which covers 86,173 German non-financial firms over the years 1973-2008. Following the Graham methodology to simulate marginal tax rates, we find a statistically and economically significant positive relationship between the marginal tax benefit of debt (net and gross of investor taxes) and the debt ratio. A 10% increase in the net (gross) marginal tax benefit of debt causes a 1.5% (1.6%) increase in the debt ratio, ceteris paribus. The results are robust to various specifications like using changes in debt or debt to capital ratios. A significantly positive effect of taxes on the debt ratio can also be identified in a partial adjustment model. --
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre in its series Discussion Papers with number 18/2012.
Date of creation: 2012
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debt; capital structure; marginal tax rate; corporate taxes; personal taxes;
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- G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
- H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
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- NEP-ACC-2012-10-20 (Accounting & Auditing)
- NEP-ALL-2012-10-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-EUR-2012-10-20 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-PBE-2012-10-20 (Public Economics)
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