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Debt, Folklore, And Cross-Country Differences In Financial Structure

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  • Raghuram Rajan
  • Luigi Zingales

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Conventional wisdom has long held that, in relationship-based economies such as Japan and Germany, corporations are able to borrow more than U.S. companies, which in turn reduces their cost of capital and gives them a competitive edge. But such folklore does not stand up to scrutiny. In Japan and Germany, large businesses do not borrow more than U.S. companies-and, in fact, judging from coverage ratios, German companies (as well as U.K. companies) seem to borrow considerably less than their international competitors. 1998 Morgan Stanley.

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  • Raghuram Rajan & Luigi Zingales, 1998. "Debt, Folklore, And Cross-Country Differences In Financial Structure," Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Morgan Stanley, vol. 10(4), pages 102-107.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jacrfn:v:10:y:1998:i:4:p:102-107
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