Government Debt and Private Leverage: An Extension of the Miller Theorem
This paper shows how government financing decisions can influence the corporate decision to use debt or equity finance. In particular, it is shown that an increase in the stock of taxable government debt reduces the equilibrium quantity of corporate debt, and that an increase in the stock of tax-free government debt reduces the equilibrium quantity of corporate equity. The effects of inflation rate and tax rate changes are also considered.
|Date of creation:||Aug 1982|
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|Publication status:||published as McDonald, Robert L. "Government Debt and Private Leverage: An Extension ofthe Miller Theorem." Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 22, No. 3, (December 1983), pp. 303-325.|
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