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How the capital structure of firms is determined over business cycles: further evidence from the construction industry of Taiwan

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  • Hsien-Hung Herman Yeh

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This paper uses the panel data regression model to study the Taiwanese construction industry during the period 1982–1995 because during this period, Taiwan’s gross domestic product shows a structural change in economic growth trends over three business cycles. This design allows us to examine whether the effects of firm characteristics and economic growth on capital structure vary with macroeconomic conditions and across periods with changing economic growth trends. First, the results show that the effect of macroeconomic conditions on capital structure is counter-cyclical. Second, the effects of firm characteristics on capital structure can vary with macroeconomic conditions, although firm characteristics do not have a direct effect on capital structure. Third, the effects of firm characteristics on capital structure can vary across periods with changing economic growth trends. Finally, economic growth does not have a direct effect on capital structure. However, the effect of economic growth on capital structure can vary with macroeconomic conditions and across periods with changing economic growth trends. The findings of this study can be a helpful reference for financial managers, creditors, investors and government policy-makers in emerging countries.

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  • Hsien-Hung Herman Yeh, 2018. "How the capital structure of firms is determined over business cycles: further evidence from the construction industry of Taiwan," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(8), pages 459-471, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:36:y:2018:i:8:p:459-471
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2018.1435896
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