Taxes And Capital Structure: A Study Of European Companies
We analyse the impact of tax policy on firms' leverage ratios in a balanced panel of 129 medium-sized listed European companies from 1993 to 2005. A general model of company leverage is applied within which King's tax ratios are used to capture tax policy changes, controlling for non-tax influences. Leverage measures studied include total, long-term and short-term debt. A generalized method of moments estimator is used to control for endogeneity. The results suggest that tax policy has a significant but small impact on firms' debt ratios and that non-debt tax shields are a substitute for debt in company activities. Copyright © 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester.
Volume (Year): 76 (2008)
Issue (Month): S1 (09)
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