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Effects of ultimate ownership structure and corporate tax on capital structures: Evidence from Taiwan

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  • Lee, Cheng-Few
  • Kuo, Nan-Ting

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Our study investigates how ultimate ownership structure and the corporate tax rate affect the equilibrium trade-off relation between manager ownership and debt in reducing agency costs. Considering the presence of the controlling shareholder, we find that higher corporate tax rates strengthen the trade-off relation between manager ownership and debt while higher control rights held by the controlling shareholder weaken it as well as the strengthening effect of corporate tax rate. Our study contributes to the literature by revealing tax and ultimate ownership structure dimensions and their interactions as additional determinants of corporate capital structure.

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  • Lee, Cheng-Few & Kuo, Nan-Ting, 2014. "Effects of ultimate ownership structure and corporate tax on capital structures: Evidence from Taiwan," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 409-425.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:29:y:2014:i:c:p:409-425 DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2013.07.004
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    Keywords

    Capital structure; Manager ownership; Controlling shareholder; Agency cost;

    JEL classification:

    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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