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Taxation and capital structure choice--Evidence from a panel of German multinationals

  • Buettner, Thiess
  • Overesch, Michael
  • Schreiber, Ulrich
  • Wamser, Georg

The capital structure of foreign affiliates is analyzed using a large panel of German multinationals. While taxes are found to encourage debt finance in general, adverse local credit market conditions result in lower external borrowing but higher internal debt indicating that the two channels of debt finance are substitutes.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 105 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 309-311

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