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The effects of ownership structure on corporate financing decisions: Evidence from stock market liberalization

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  • Thomas Flavin

    () (Department of Economics Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

  • Thomas O'Connor

    () (Department of Economics Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

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We analyze the impact of firm-specific stock market liberalization events on the capital structure and debt maturity decisions of firms from emerging market economies. We differentiate between firms based on their ownership structures at the time of liberalization and analyze their post-liberalization behavior regarding corporate financing decisions. Our empirical results show that single-class-share firms (typically with stronger corporate governance and better information environments) respond differently to their dual-class-share counterparts. Liberalization results in lower debt reliance for the former group while the latter lengthen the maturity of their debt portfolios.

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  • Thomas Flavin & Thomas O'Connor, 2013. "The effects of ownership structure on corporate financing decisions: Evidence from stock market liberalization," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n235-13.pdf, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
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    Financing choices; Debt maturity; Investability;

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    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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