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Dynamic Capital Structure: the Case of Hufvudstaden

  • Graflund, Andreas

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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    This paper introduces a new approach of testing capital structure hypothesis on a firm specific level. Johansen’s procedure for cointegration testing is employed to test theories of optimal capital structure. The sample covers a firm with unique properties, Hufvudstaden, during the period 1938 until present. The approach of cointegration allows testing of long-run equilibrium between non-stationary time-series. We find empirical support that capital structure follow a dynamic equilibrium path. However, this equilibrium is more complex as posited by existing theories. The result is found for leverage measured as both book-value- and market-value-of-equity.

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    Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2000:20.

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    Length: 15 pages
    Date of creation: 14 Nov 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2000_020
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