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Debt or equity? An empirical study of security issues by Dutch companies

  • L. de Haan
  • J. Hinloopen

We consider empirically the incremental financing decisions for a sample of 153 AEX-quoted companies during the years 1984 through 1997. First, we estimate a binomial logit model for the choice between internal and external finance. Second, we estimate a multinomial logit model for the choice between three types of external finance: private loans, bonds and shares. The results provide evidence for the pecking order theory. The issuance behaviour appears not to be consistent with long-term capital structure targets.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series WO Research Memoranda (discontinued) with number 577.

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