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The effect of debt on corporate profitability : Evidence from French service sector


  • Mazen Kebewar


Current study aims to provide new empirical evidence on the impact of debt on corporate profitability. This impact can be explained by three essential theories: signaling theory, tax theory and the agency cost theory. Using panel data sample of 2240 French non listed companies of service sector during 1999-2006. By utilizing generalized method of moments (GMM) econometric technique on three measures of profitability ratio (PROF1, PROF2 and ROA), we show that debt ratio has no effect on corporate profitability, regardless of the size of company (VSEs, SMEs or LEs)

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  • Mazen Kebewar, 2013. "The effect of debt on corporate profitability : Evidence from French service sector," Papers 1301.0072,, revised Mar 2014.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1301.0072

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    1. Milos Laura Raisa & Milos Marius Cristian, 2015. "Does Short Term Debt Affect Profitability? Evidence From The Romanian Listed Companies," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 6, pages 228-233, December.
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    3. Ahmad Dahiyat, 2016. "Does Liquidity and Solvency Affect Banks Profitability? Evidence from Listed Banks in Jordan," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 6(1), pages 35-40, January.
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    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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