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Cyclical Demand and the Choice of Debt Maturity

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This study provides a model in which a supplier's use of short- and long-term debt depends on the demand for its product. The model predicts that suppliers use short-term debt to match their assets' and liabilities' maturities and that their incentive to do so is stronger, the larger the term premium. The model also predicts that the use of short-term debt increases the amplitudes of the supplier's investment, production, and sales cycles. These changes occur because the use of short-term debt permits suppliers to match production and sales more closely to the pattern of demand for the final good. Copyright 2001 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Emery, Gary W, 2001. "Cyclical Demand and the Choice of Debt Maturity," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 74(4), pages 557-590, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:74:y:2001:i:4:p:557-90
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    1. Chang Nam & Doina Radulescu, 2010. "Effects of corporate tax reform on optimum debt maturity," Annals of Finance, Springer, vol. 6(3), pages 369-389, July.
    2. Turan Erol, 2004. "Strategic Debt with Diverse Maturity in Developing Countries: Industry-Level Evidence from Turkey," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(5), pages 5-24, September.
    3. Manak Gupta & Alice Lee, 2006. "An Integrated Model of Debt Issuance, Refunding, and Maturity," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 26(2), pages 177-199, March.
    4. Andreas Stephan & Oleksandr Talavera & Andriy Tsapin, 2008. "Corporate Debt Maturity Choice in Transition Financial Markets," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 784, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    5. Turan Erol, 2004. "Strategic Debt with Diverse Maturity in Developing Countries: Industry-Level Evidence from Turkey," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(5), pages 5-24, September.
    6. Segarra Blasco, Agustí, 1958- & Teruel, Mercedes, 2010. "Are small firms more sensitive to financial variables?," Working Papers 2072/151623, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
    7. Lai, Van Son & Soumaré, Issouf, 2010. "Credit insurance and investment: A contingent claims analysis approach," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 98-107, March.
    8. Stephan, Andreas & Talavera, Oleksandr & Tsapin, Andriy, 2011. "Corporate debt maturity choice in emerging financial markets," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 51(2), pages 141-151, May.
    9. Chang Woon Nam & Doina Radulescu, 2004. "Does Debt Maturity Matter for Investment Decisions?," CESifo Working Paper Series 1124, CESifo Group Munich.
    10. Pedro J. García-Teruel & Pedro Martínez-Solano & Juan P. Sánchez-Ballesta, 2010. "Accruals Quality and Debt Maturity Structure," Abacus, Accounting Foundation, University of Sydney, vol. 46(2), pages 188-210.

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