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What Determines the Capital Structure of Listed Firms in Ghana?

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  • Joshua Abor
  • Nicholas Biekpe

    () (University of Stellenbosch)

Abstract

This paper seeks to empirically identify the determinants of the capital structure of listed firms on the Ghana Stock Exchange during the most recent six-year period. Ordinary Least Square model is used to estimate the regression equation. The results indicate that, total debt constitutes more than half of the capital of listed firms in Ghana. The results also show positive associations between debt ratio (capital structure) and firm size and growth, while asset tangibility, risk, corporate tax and profitability are negatively related to debt ratio. The results generally support the pecking order theory proposed by the theoretical model.

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  • Joshua Abor & Nicholas Biekpe, 2005. "What Determines the Capital Structure of Listed Firms in Ghana?," The African Finance Journal, Africagrowth Institute, vol. 7(1), pages 37-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:afj:journl:v:7:y:2005:i:1:p:37-48
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    1. Uwuigbe Olubukunola Ranti, 2013. "The Effects of Board Size and CEO Duality on Firms’ Capital Structure: A Study of Selected Listed Firms in Nigeria," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 3(8), pages 1033-1043, August.
    2. Prempeh, Kwadwo Boateng & Nsiah Asare, Evelyn & sekyere, Allan McBright, 2016. "The Effect of Debt Policy on Firms Performance: Empirical Evidence from Listed Manufacturing Companies on The Ghana Stock Exchange," MPRA Paper 75200, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Godfred A. Bokpin & Anastacia C. Arko, 2009. "Ownership structure, corporate governance and capital structure decisions of firms: Empirical evidence from Ghana," Studies in Economics and Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 26(4), pages 246-256, October.

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    Keywords

    Capital Structure; Leverage; Debt Ratio; Ghana;

    JEL classification:

    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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