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Flexible Prices and Leverage

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  • Franceso D'Acunto

    () (University of California Berkeley Haas)

  • Ryan Liu

    () (Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley)

  • Carolin Pflueger

    (University of British Columbia)

  • Michael Weber

    (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

Abstract

The frequency with which firms adjust output prices helps explain persistent differences in capital structure across firms. Unconditionally, the most exible-price firms have a 19% higher long-term leverage ratio than the most sticky-price firms, controlling for known determinants of capital structure. Sticky-price firms increased leverage more than exible-price firms following the staggered implementation of the Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act across states and over time, which we use in a difference-in-differences strategy. Firms’ frequency of price adjustment did not change around the deregulation.
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  • Franceso D'Acunto & Ryan Liu & Carolin Pflueger & Michael Weber, 2017. "Flexible Prices and Leverage," Working Papers 2017-02, Becker Friedman Institute for Research In Economics.
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    Keywords

    capital structure; nominal rigidities; bank deregulation; industrial organization and finance; price setting; bankruptcy;

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    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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