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The Determinants of Corporate Debt Maturity Structure: Evidence from Czech Firms (in English)

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This paper investigates the determinants of the maturity structure of Czech corporate debt. A theoretical section provides an overview of contemporary theories on corporate debt maturity structure. An empirical section describes an econometric model that shows that long-term debt increases with company size and leverage and asset maturity. The impact of growth options, collateralizable assets, corporate-tax rate, and company-level volatility proves statistically insignificant. Finally, the paper discusses the limitations of the results in terms of data, variables, and determinants.

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  • Pavel Körner, 2007. "The Determinants of Corporate Debt Maturity Structure: Evidence from Czech Firms (in English)," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 57(3-4), pages 142-158, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:fauart:v:57:y:2007:i:3-4:p:142-158
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    1. López-Gracia, José & Mestre-Barberá, Reyes, 2011. "Tax effect on Spanish SME optimum debt maturity structure," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 64(6), pages 649-655, June.

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    Keywords

    bank debt; bond debt; corporate debt maturity structure; long-term debt; short-term debt; transition economy;

    JEL classification:

    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • 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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