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Debt-oriented Capital Structure and Economic Growth: Panel Evidence for OECD Countries

Syed Munawar Shah, Mariani Abdul-Majid and Zulkefly Abdul Karim

European Review, 2019, vol. 27, issue 4, 519-542

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between debt-oriented capital structure and economic growth by analysing a panel data of 16 European countries, based on the availability of data. We find that the corporate leverage in financial and non-financial corporations affects economic growth negatively. Furthermore, the results indicate that the leverage in non-financial corporations affects economic growth more than the leverage in financial corporations. This is due to the direct relationship between economic growth and the real sector and the fact that non-financial corporations in OECD countries hold more debt as compared with financial corporations.

Date: 2019
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