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How Does Long-Term Finance Affect Economic Volatility?

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  • Demirgüç-Kunt, A.
  • Horváth, Bálint

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

  • Huizinga, Harry

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

Abstract

In an approach analogous to Rajan and Zingales (1998), we examine how the ability to access long-term debt affects firm-level growth volatility. We find that firms in industries with stronger preference to use long-term finance relative to short-term finance experience lower growth volatility in countries with better-developed financial systems, as these firms may benefit from reduced refinancing risk. Institutions that facilitate the availability of credit information and contract enforcement mitigate refinancing risk and therefore growth volatility associated with short-term financing. Increased availability of long-term finance reduces growth volatility in crisis as well as non-crisis periods.
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  • Demirgüç-Kunt, A. & Horváth, Bálint & Huizinga, Harry, 2016. "How Does Long-Term Finance Affect Economic Volatility?," Discussion Paper 2016-005, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    debt maturity; finanical dependence; firm volatiliy; financial development;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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