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Banking sector reforms and corporate leverage in emerging markets

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  • Ağca, Şenay
  • De Nicolò, Gianni
  • Detragiache, Enrica

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Using a large panel of non-financial firms in emerging markets, we study the relation between detailed measures of banking sector reforms and corporate leverage. We find that banking sector reforms are associated with lower corporate debt in emerging market firms, consistent with the notion that these reforms improve banks' risk management and result in tighter lending standards, leading firms to use less bank debt in their capital structure. These effects are less pronounced for financially constrained firms, suggesting a relative increase in the supply of bank credit to firms which were rationed prior to the banking sector reforms.

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  • Ağca, Şenay & De Nicolò, Gianni & Detragiache, Enrica, 2013. "Banking sector reforms and corporate leverage in emerging markets," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 17(C), pages 125-149.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ememar:v:17:y:2013:i:c:p:125-149
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ememar.2013.08.003
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    Keywords

    Banking sector reforms; Emerging markets; Corporate debt; Capital structure; Credit constraints;

    JEL classification:

    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • 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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