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The Market Value of Debt, Market Versus Book Value of Debt, and Returns to Assets

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  • Richard J. Sweeney
  • Arthur D. Warga
  • Drew Winters

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Empirical studies usually measure the value of debt based on book rather than market value, even though the underlying theory is almost always based on market values. This paper documents how using book value to measure debt can distoret debt-equity rations and cost of capital calculations.

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  • Richard J. Sweeney & Arthur D. Warga & Drew Winters, 1997. "The Market Value of Debt, Market Versus Book Value of Debt, and Returns to Assets," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 26(1), Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:sweeney97
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    1. Jack Favilukis & Xiaoji Lin, 2011. "Micro Frictions, Asset Pricing and Aggregate," FMG Discussion Papers dp673, Financial Markets Group.
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    8. Kurt Hess & Abeyratna Gunasekarage & Martin Hovey, 2010. "State-dominant and non-state-dominant ownership concentration and firm performance: Evidence from China," International Journal of Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 6(4), pages 264-289, September.
    9. Heinrichs, Nicolas & Hess, Dieter & Homburg, Carsten & Lorenz, Michael & Sievers, Soenke, 2011. "Extended dividend, cash flow and residual income valuation models: Accounting for deviations from ideal conditions," CFR Working Papers 11-11, University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).

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